POLK COUNTY — Ride ’em cowboy.
The Hell on Hooves Rough Stock Rodeo returns Thursday at 7 p.m. As cowboys and cowgirls compete, expect to see fans flock to the rodeo arena for some high-speed excitement.
“They can expect a wreck every eight seconds and lots of action,” organizer Wayne White said.
This year’s rodeo will feature bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing and mutton busting and some of the best from the area putting on a show for fans.
“Champions from all over the northwest will be on hand to compete,” White said.
The rodeo, which has been a fixture at the fair since 2015, and has proven to be one of the most popular draws.
“The county fair and rodeo are both family entertainment for the entire family. From 8 to 80, there is something for everybody,” White said.
White thinks the reason is simple; there’s something inherently exciting about seeing a cowboy and a bull at odds.
“The reason rodeo is timeless, it’s man against beast — bulls that weigh 1,800 pounds against a cowboy who is 140 pounds,” White said.
While the action is ramped up to 11, the mutton busting provides a thrill for the young ones — and a good laugh for the adults.
“It’s the only form of legalized child abuse,” White said with a chuckle. “The reason being every one of those little kids riding nine miles an hour just before they fall, they all do the same thing and open their mouths for some reason. It’s a good time.”
Attendance for the rodeo is free with a fair admission.
Cost will be $8 before 4 p.m. on Thursday and $10 after 4.
“I say it has been a boon to the fair,” White said.