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Richer Rodeo Saddles Up for 6th Year By Marianne Curtis
Holding on for 8 seconds during the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo.
Despite the heat, the community of Richer became rodeo central when the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo kicked off their sixth consecutive event from August 10 to 12. The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo attracts over 200 competitors in bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and saddle bronco annually. Four of the five previous years, they claimed the coveted Heartland Rodeo Association’s title of “Rodeo of the Year”. Pat Stolwyk, Richer Community Club Presidents said that the Richer Roughstock Rodeo has come a long way in six years and the secret to their success is the dedicated volunteers who step up to ensure its ongoing success and growth. This year, was an exceptional year as the heat brought new challenges to the event but the committee dePhotos by Marianne Curtis livered. Extra precautions such as
sprinklers were set up for the comfort and safety of the livestock and guests alike. “As a committee, we wish to thank the competitors and stock handlers for braving the heat and putting on an amazing show for our guests,” said Dan Guetre, one of the event organizers and sponsors. “It proves you are all passionate about rodeo and makes it easier on committees who host you all. We are looking forward to next year already.” The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo offered a variety of activities for the entire family, including a trade show with vendors unique to the area, kids’ activities and live music with Jason Kirkness added to the success of the weekend. Weekend events were in action on Friday with the 4-H “Horsin’ Around” for Crafts, Games, and Horsemanship. The infamous Bullnanza took place in the evening, followed by the Rodeo Social. Saturday started with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade and rodeo. In the evening, Jason Kirkness took to the stage and performed before a packed arena. The trading post, petting zoo, Family Fun Zone, and mechanical bull were big hits both days.
Digging in deep around the barrels.
Couple Recognized as Outstanding Volunteers
Dispatch Editor Dan Guetre (left) and Richer Community Club President Marc Lanouette (right) presenting Brenda and Kevin Austin with their volunteer award.
A Richer couple were recognized as volunteers of the year by their local community and the Dawson Trail Dispatch recently. Kevin and Brenda Austin were presented with the award at the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo. They were recognized for their efforts for selflessly donating both time and energy to ensure the rodeo runs smoothly and their work helping out the Richer Community Club. The community award was designed by Dispatch editor Dan Guetre as a way to give back to his home town and bring recognition to the people who help build a community.
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