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Although the rodeo does not start until Saturday, events will actually kick off on Friday with a horse show as well as some cow dog activities.

PMG PHOTO BY LON AUSTIN - Mark O'Dempsey particpates in the saddle bronc eventThe 72nd Annual Paulina Amateur Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4.

The rodeo is one of the most popular amateur rodeos in the state and prides itself on having a great family atmosphere as well as activities for rodeo fans of all ages.

Although the rodeo does not start until Saturday, events will actually kick off on Friday with a horse show as well as some cow dog activities. There are several changes in Friday's activities from the past several years. This year will not have a cutting competition. However, there will be stockhorse, stockhorse snaffle bit, stockhorse bridle horse and ranch horse competitions for both adults and youth. There will also be a fetch and stretch stockdog class.

At the end of Friday's events, there will also be a jackpot fetch and stretch dog class, with a rider and dog at one end of the arena and a cow at the other. The dog will have to fetch the cow and bring it past a barrel, at which time the rider ropes it. The dog and rider team with the fastest total time will win the event.

There will also be several other Friday events for kids to participate in.

PMG PHOTO BY LON AUSTIN - Laura Stahancyk ranch bronc ridingRodeo performances on both Saturday and Sunday will start at 12:30 p.m. There is free dry camping on the site with admission to the rodeo on a first come first served basis. Cost for the rodeo is $10 for adults and $4 for those 6-12 with children under 5 admitted free of charge.

PMG PHOTO BY LON AUSTIN - Dayton Satfford in the calf roping eventRodeo events will include bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, ranch bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, breakaway roping and barrel racing as well as wild cow milking, kids barrel racing, youth steer riding, calf riding, sheep riding a boot scramble and an animal scramble. There will also be local team roping and a team roping jackpot on Saturday after the performance.

It is not too late to enter the rodeo as entries are still being accepted through Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Following Saturday's first performance there will be a barbecue, and there will be a breakfast Sunday morning at the Paulina Community Hall. In addition, Kristi Kinsey and the Whiskey Bandits will perform Saturday night.

PMG PHOTO BY LON AUTIN - Wild Cow Milking eventFor more information go to

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