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Rodeo Time

Kari Sharp

August 30, 2017

Eighteen Silver Lake fourth graders had the opportunity to attend a field trip to a special kid’s day sponsored by the Oregon Trail Rodeo on Friday, August 25, 2017. Our Silver Lake students got to experience first hand what the cowboys and cowgirls would be experiencing as they take stage in the arena.  This year Ron Meyer talked to the students about Nebraska history, and the kids were able to see some of his artwork.  The students then traveled from station to station learning about rodeo, the rodeo animals and how well they are cared for, and simply a little about our Nebraska history and the history of rodeo in Nebraska. 

The morning began by being greeted by Miss Rodeo Nebraska and Miss Oregon Trail Rodeo.  These young women explained to the students how they got their start in rodeo and what a wonderful experience they have had in the sport of rodeo.  After presentations about Nebraska history and a short video about the various rodeo events, the students were led to the arena for the stations. 

The rodeo clown is always a hit with the fourth graders!  The students even got the chance to watch some calf roping, steer wrestling, and learn about barrel racing.   The students were impressed with the livestock and even got to see some colts that came along with their mamas as they performed as buckin’ broncos in the rodeo.  Beau Bonifas enjoyed talking to the bull rider and hearing about his experiences while Karah Bartels thought the barrel racing was the best!  All the fourth graders had a great time!

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