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Rodeo brings good times, trade to Estherville

By Staff | May 3, 2011

If you thought Estherville was hopping this weekend, there was a good reason.

The Iowa High School Rodeo Association came to town, with its annual May rodeo. With the tremendous help of the Estherville Saddle Club, everyone had a great time.

Only those who work behind the scenes – like Estherville Saddle Club members and the IHSRA – realize how much work it really is to put on a rodeo. Between preparing the arena, making arrangements for electrical hookups, lining up the stock contractor, getting help for the concession stand and making sure everything goes smoothly, it’s a whole lot of work.

It also takes an incredible financial investment by parents and time and work by young men and women to make a rodeo work too. When you figure a good rope can cost $40 or better – then has to get cut to free a quarter horse or rodeo stock – you get a vague idea of just how expensive a rodeo can be.

All of Estherville can be grateful too for the big shot in the arm that last weekend’s rodeo had on our local economy. People shopped in local stores, ate in local restaurants and attended the local theater. They were here to have a good time, and Estherville certainly rolled out the red carpet.

With some great weather, this past weekend’s rodeo seemed to get off to a great start. If you didn’t get a chance to see either Saturday or Sunday’s rodeo, well, you really missed something.

But there’s also next year. So keep an eye out and plan on attending a great event with some great people taking part in a great sport.