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Another successful, yet scary, rodeo

July 23, 2013 - Nikki Younk
Each year I cover the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo in Iron River. It's always an experience to remember.

Some of my most vivid memories are of the danger involved.

Cowboys, especially the ones competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding, really do put their lives on the line while they're trying to ride gigantic bucking animals.

Although they're in less danger, spectators on the ground also have to watch their backs.

I'm usually posted on the far side of the arena, with only a fence separating me from the wild animals. There's been many a time when a horse or bull came crashing right into that fence. Way too close for comfort.

This year, me and my fellow spectators got quite a fright when a bison came near the fence and reared up. If you think bulls are impressive, you should have seen the size of this beast. I have no doubt he could have easily cleared that fence if he wanted to.

Maybe I should stick to the grandstand next year.



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