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49th Annual Roughrider Days Rodeo rides again

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Mike Fred of Wamego, KS started the night off strong by successfully riding a bucking bronc bareback, the first competitor in Friday night's Roughrider Days PRCA Rodeo.

Once again the Roughrider Days are upon the good people of Dickinson and Stark County and the year’s biggest celebration of the lifestyle and culture of the American West marked its second night Friday night, with cowboys from all over coming to showcase their grit and earn a shot at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this year.

For three days cowboys will be kicking up dirt and wrestling steers at the Stark County Fairgrounds, Friday night’s rodeo saw the risers packed with jubilant rodeo fans.

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Cowboys big and tall honored God and Country at the outset of Friday's PRCA Roughrider Days Rodeo at the Stark County Fairground.

Children 12 and under got free admission and so there were plenty of youngsters bouncing on knees and dancing in the aisles, laughing at the antics of colorful rodeo clowns and cheering along with all the rest when somebody got a good time.

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This year’s rodeo was put together by the Dickinson Roughrider Commission with help from local sponsors like the Prairie Hills Mall, Charbonneau Car Center and Baker Boy. The events featured rodeo standards, like team roping, steer wrestling and girls barrel racing, which on Friday night featured nine riders from North Dakota, which was the most representation from the Peace Garden seen in any individual event that night.

The rodeo will conclude on Saturday night, and you should look to Tuesday’s paper for more photos and complete results of the weekend’s events.

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