Our First Rodeo Experience

Last Saturday we did something we’ve never done before. We went to a rodeo! I like doing things I’ve never done before, and it was definitely interesting. This was our first family outing without Jackson now that he’s at college. We definitely missed him. (Ken says it’s only been 3 weeks since we’ve seen him, but it’s totally been 10 years. LOL)

This year was the 8th annual Corn Dawgs Professional Rodeo in Loganville, Georgia, which is about 50 minutes away from where we live. I think Corn Dawgs used to have farm activities and a corn maze, but it looks like they’ll only have the rodeo events annually now.

Since this was the first time we’ve ever attended a rodeo, we’re not sure how it compares to other ones. There were several vendors with “fair” type of food, such as funnel cakes, hamburgers, and corn dogs. The seating was similar to a very basic high school football stadium, and it was completely full by the time the it started.

We got there much earlier than we needed to and had quite a bit of entertainment people watching. There were people there from all different cultures and walks of life. But the real entertainment started when the sun went down.

Since it was a professional rodeo, and they were competing for money, it was really very impressive to see the skill level of the men, women, and children there. They were from all over the southeastern United States. Farm animals are not a part of our every day life here, so it just amazes me to watch people ride them and work with them as though it’s second nature.

During the rodeo a family of children was there doing horseback tricks. I can’t remember exactly, but I think the 3 kids performing were 10-13 years old, and they were hanging upside down and standing on the backs of horses like it was perfectly normal. I am sure it *is* perfectly normal to them, but I was so impressed. I can barely stand on the floor without tripping, much less the back of a horse!

I think I would like to go to a rodeo again sometime, but maybe somewhere else just to compare the experiences. Hey, maybe I can get Ken to take me on a road trip somewhere to see one. Sounds like a plan is brewing!

Have you ever been to a rodeo? What events did you like the most?

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