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Whoopee Days Rodeo rides back to Rexburg
Whoopee Days Rodeo rides back to Rexburg

The Whoopee Days Rodeo returned to Rexburg on the last weekend of June. Crowds filled the Madison County Fairgrounds to appreciate the rodeo that has brought the community together for so many years.

Preparing for the night’s events. Photo credit: Chester Chan

The events began on 27 June Every night there was a different theme. Thursday was family night, Friday was cancer awareness night and Saturday was patriotic.

The Americanas circle the arena during the national anthem

The Americanas circle the arena during the national anthem. Photo credit: Chester Chan

Each evening began with the traditional “Mutton Bustin’,” where future grooms got their chance to shine. Young children donned their helmets and competed to see how long they could stay on the backs of their racing sheep.

Mutton Buster Event

Mutton Buster Event Photo Credit: Chester Chan

“We wouldn’t mind if some mothers let their babies grow up to be cowboys,” said Jeff Lucas, the rodeo announcer. Lucas traveled from Nashville, Tennessee to attend.

After the Mutton Bustin Champion receive a trophy that is almost as big as herselfagainstitthe Whoopee Days kings rode in on their horses. The stars and stripes of the American flag waved wildly through the air, and the rodeo officially began.

Mutton Busters pose with the winner

Mutton Busters pose with the winner. Photo credit: Chester Chan

The program was slightly different for each event and each evening a different activity was presented that matched the theme.

Dalton Morris, a third-generation rodeo entertainer, had the crowd laughing between events with his rodeo clown performance.

Rodeo clown keeps an eye on the Mutton Busters

Rodeo clown keeps an eye on the Mutton Busters. Photo credit: Chester Chan

The rodeo’s first-ever show on Thursday featured a family deal, selling four tickets for $40 instead of the usual $60. MadisonHealth sponsored a benefit raffle for cancer patients on Friday night and encouraged attendees to wear pink as a sign of support.

On Saturday, fireworks lit up the night and ended the weekend of cycling with a bang.

The events included:

— Bull wrestling

— Stock saddle

Holding on at the Stock Saddle Event

Holding on at the Stock Saddle Event Photo Credit: Chester Chan

— Miniature bull riding

– Barrel racing

A few cowboys take a lap around the arena

A few cowboys take a turn in the arena. Photo credit: Chester Chan

— Breakaway rope

– Bull riding


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