Kids can participate in McClain’s Mutton Bustin’ starting at 5:30 p.m. at the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds. Kids need to sign in starting at 5 p.m. It’s free to enter. At 6 p.m., the McClain’s Kid’s Ranch Rodeo starts followed by the Cowhands and Corriente’s Professional Ranch Rodeo. Photo by Ric Anderson
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The Seward County Five State Fair officially kicks off Friday, and on its first night, the local tradition will feature a favorite of many area fairs with a slight twist.
Cowhand’s and Corriente’s is bringing a ranch rodeo to Liberal and is inviting pokes, young and not so young, to participate
Jeff Louderback of the Seward County Fair Board said the rodeo will feature trailer loading, branding and cow milking. Kids can participate in McClain’s Mutton Bustin’ starting at 5:30 p.m. at the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds.
If one has never seen children hanging onto a charging sheep with no ropes or reins, it’s well worth the trip to just to see them and their courage.
At 6 p.m., the McClain’s Kid’s Ranch Rodeo starts.
The evening winds down starting at 7 p.m. with Cowhands and Corriente’s Professional Ranch Rodeo.
Registration for mutton bustin starts at 5 p.m. This is the first year the Five State Fair has hosted a ranch rodeo, according to Louderback.
“We hope to get the community to come out and support it,” he said.
Admission to the rodeo is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 6 to 12, and kids 5 and under get in free.
Cowhand’s and Corriente’s Ranch Rodeos works to promote western heritage and cowboy traditions, keeping the cowboy heritage alive.
“Unlike a standard rodeo where you experience bull and bronc riding together with rodeo clowns and steer wrestling, the events at a ‘ranch rodeo’ are standard to all ranch rodeos including gathering, sorting and loading, doctoring, branding and wild cow milking,” said the Web site, www.mariahfund.com/tourism. “Through ranch rodeo, they’re promoting cowboy culture, history and tradition.”