Fair hosts rodeo

Cowgirls and cowboys are to saddle up to participate in Seneca County Fair’s rodeo, which starts today and continues Friday.

The fair is to welcome Broken Horn Rodeo back to the grandstand. This marks at least the third year Broken Horn Rodeo has entertained crowds at the Seneca County Fair.

Calvin Staib, president of Seneca County Agricultural Society, said Broken Horn Rodeo does a good job.

“They’re real easy to work with,” he said.

Broken Horn Rodeo is based in Ripley. The McElroy family, including Jim and Sandy and their sons, Kenny and Kevin, have been involved in the horse industry for 35 years, according to Broken Horn Rodeo’s website.

The event at the Seneca County Fair starts at 8 p.m. each day, and the cost to get in the grandstand is $7.

Staib estimated there will be at least 100 contestants in the various classes. Competitions are to include bull riding, bareback bronc, saddle bronc, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping and barrel racing.

Staib said the Seneca County Fair has a lot of competitors in the International Professional Rodeo Association. The fair’s rodeo is to have the main events each evening, while some events are to take place after the rodeo ends.

“The bulls all get rode during the show,” he said.

Staib said if everyone competed during the event, the show would take too long. The events that take place after the main event still are part of the competition.

“It’s done after the show. People can stay and watch it,” he said.

Staib said the beginning of the rodeo is patriotic with flags and sparklers and is dedicated to service organizations. The plan is to end the event with fireworks again, he said.

“(We) did last year,” he said.