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Estherville rodeo is back in town this weekend

By Staff | Apr 28, 2011

The Estherville High School Rodoe is back in town this weekend at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. EDN file photo

Yee haw!

The Estherville High School Rodeo is back in town this weekend so expect to see some of Iowa’s top young ropers and riders competing for top prizes.

The annual event is held at the Emmet County Fairgrounds.

Estherville Saddle Club members keep things hopping behind the scenes.

On Wednesday, Rick Bates and James Bates worked on the arena all day getting rid of the large puddles of water.

Estherville Saddle Club member Brent Shatto expects more than 600 people to descend on the town including 180 participants.

“They’re a good group of people that come from all over the state,” Shatto said.

Expected local participates include Ashley Ogle from the Estherville Saddle Club and Logan Egeland from Ruthven.

New this year is the addition of junior high competition.

Cutting events start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with the rodeo starting at 1 p.m.

Shatto expects some rain overnight on Friday, but “promises” it will be dry by 10 a.m. Saturday.

“The rodeo will be held regardless of weather,” said Shatto. “If we can make it through without getting wet, we’ll be fine.”

Sunday’s events start at 7:30 a.m.

Shatto said the most popular events with the fans are the bull riding and the bronco riding.

The most popular events with the contestants are roping and barrel racing as evidenced by the number of participants in those events.