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Return of Rodeo: Summer rodeos return to Buffalo's Tuesday nights

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Return of Rodeo: Summer rodeos return to Buffalo's Tuesday nights

The Johnson County Cowgirls kicked off their summer rodeo season on Sunday, June 7, with the first rodeo of the year. Competitors traveled to Buffalo to compete in everything from barrel racing to goat tying. Barrel racing was by and large the largest event of the day with 130 total entries across the for age categories. For the remainder of the summer, the rodeos are scheduled for Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. with the PeeWee ground events. 

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Michelle Nielsen leads the line to register her daughter for barrels and goat tying Sunday morning, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Nielsen’s daughter Maci Allison has been competing in the JCC rodeos since they moved to the area in 2010.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Tatum Taylor, 4, holds his rope on his hat after finishing his swings for the ground roping competition on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Taylor’s first ever rodeo to compete in was the day before, making Sunday his second rodeo - all in the same weekend.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Nathan Peterson, 10, catches the roping dummy during warmups for the ground roping competition on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Peterson also competed in barrels, poles, and goat typing.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Kids gathered around together as they waited their turn for ground roping on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Ground roping was held first before getting started with the events on horseback.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Braxton Camino, 7, rests on the ground after a warm up shot on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Camino competed in ground roping, goat tying, barrels and poles.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Eight year olds Raylyn Herren, right, and Claire Castleberry stretch before hopping on their horses for goat tying on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Herren’s older sister ties goats and taught her how to stretch so she decided to show her friend Claire. Both girls traveled from Gillete to compete.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Kendel Hepp weaves through the poles on her horse Grundy as volunteers Cleve Redding, left, and Adam Belus watch on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Redding and Belus helped manage fallen and moved poles during the event. “It was either this or staying home and helping clean the house. I wasn’t doing that,” Redding joked about why he volunteered for the day.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Erika Little and her horse Duchess look to the next pole during the second half of her pole bending run on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. The pair finished with a time of 21.021 seconds.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Ellie Bard shifts off her horse before jumping off to tie her goat on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Bard finished with a time of 10.22 seconds.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Barrel racers competed in one of four categories, peewee, junior, senior and open barrels on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The next JCC rodeo will be June 9.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Julie Smith calls for riders competing in the open barrel racing category to come to the arena on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. This is Smith’s fourth year announcing the rodeos.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Tanner Griemsman flips his goat before successfully tying it on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. His horse waiting, watched briefly, and then returned to the entry gate while Tanner waited to untie the goat.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Faith Stimson pulls around the second barrel before finishing her course on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Stimson was one of more than 20 senior barrel racers.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Tanner Griemsman makes his first swing and moves out of the box after his calf was released from the chute on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Griemsman was the first to go in breakaway.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Karly Peterson successfully hooks her calf during the open breakaway roping on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Peterson finished with a time of 4.59 seconds.

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Bulletin photo by Jessi Dodge Lane Edwards attempts to nap in the bed of a pickup with jack russell Tator standing by on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the fairgrounds. Edwards was the driver of his group for the day.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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