It's back, and ready to buck.
The 35th Annual Cowdeo will hit the Jefferson County Fair Complex this weekend. The kid rodeo features calf riding, sheep busting, chicken chasing and more. Action will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The event hadalways been organized and sponsored by St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras until it decided to discontinue its connection, largely due to perceived liability reasons. The Fair Complex has stepped in to manage the event, and is shouldn't skip a beat.
One of the key Cowdeo sponsors is DMJ Automotive of Warm Springs. For years DMJ -- owned by Delford and Marita Johnson -- has been donating the saddle for the all-around top performer. This year, DMJ is also supplying the cattle stock at no charge.
"We like to do stuff for the kids," said Marita. "All our kids and grand kids have been in the Cowdeo. We have two grand kids in it this year."
The Cowdeo certainly is a community effort. Dan Herringshaw is supplying the sheep and goats; the volunteer firemen are manning the chutes; the Buff Boosters are selling tickets; Culver FFA Alumni is cleaning the stands and a 4-H Small Animals club is providing the chickens. Many others are contributing their efforts as well.
Tickets are $3 each -- kids under 6 free -- and are available at the door, or early at the fair office. All ticket-buyers are entered in the drawing for beef and a Kah-Nee-Ta getaway.