Asotin County Rodeo events draw bigger crowd than usual

ASOTIN, WA - The Asotin County Rodeo had cowboys and cowgirls of all ages showing a great crowd what they're made of.

"Welcome to the Asotin County Rodeo...Yee Haw!" said girls.

It's that time of the year again. The horses were buckin', the calves were runnin' and the cowboys were ready to show the crowd what they're made of.

"Oh I'm pumped, I love it," said rodeo pickup man Andy Wilbur. "It's the best time of year."

This year, the turnout at the Asotin County Rodeo was stronger then ever and Asotin County Fair Board Chairman Rod Marshall says it's due to the fair being scheduled on a different day then the rodeo.

"We simply did not have enough facility," said Marshall.

Because they had more space for the rodeo, Marshall says they were able to add a new event that brought more contestants to the arena.

"Ranch bronc riding which was a real crowd pleaser," said Marshall.

One of these guys, he's known as a ranch bronc. And they're some of the toughest and dirtiest horses at the rodeo.

Not to be outdone by the sassy ranch broncs, Miss Pro West Rodeo Association Riley Nelson and her horse pink, strutted their stuff in the arena for the association's first prime rodeo. She'll attend many rodeos throughout this year to talk to people about her love for the events.

"People really don't know what rodeo is, or have ever been to one," said Nelson. "So just getting out there and telling people the rules and explaining it a little bit and getting people excited for the sport."

And excited they are! The fans proved this weekend they are ready to cheer, hoot and holler for the rest of rodeo season.

If you weren't able to catch the action at the rodeo, the horse show is this weekend at the Asotin County Fairgrounds and the Asotin County Fair portion is the weekend of the 26th of April.

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