First up was the Enumclaw Rodeo. My good friend and former rodeo competitor Carmen Cook went with me to point out the lay of the land. This was a smaller rodeo where everybody seemed to know everybody. There were a few fellows from my grandmother's hometown competing (go Hermiston!) and a pretty kick ass band entertaining the crowd after the show.
Then it was on to the Ellensburg Rodeo. This is the eighth largest rodeo in the country and has been going strong for ninety-three years. Fate smiled upon me and I was able to have a private, behind the scenes tour of the rodeo. Warren Hall has been volunteering at the rodeo since he was fifteen years old (a long time) and told me all about the history of the arena and about some of the livestock. I even got to go inside the sports medicine trailer and behind the chutes themselves.
Anna - the Super Diva
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