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Wednesday night rodeos continue in full force

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The Wednesday night rodeo series is running this summer through both July and August. The rodeos include everything from roping to rough stock competitions. The rodeos start at 6 p.m. and have competitions in both arenas to keep things moving. 

The Wednesday night rodeo series brought spectators from around the community

The Wednesday night rodeo series brought spectators from around the community as well as from out of state to the Johnson County Fairgrounds on July 15. Rodeos are scheduled for July 22 and all four Wednesdays in August. 

Isabelle Camino records a video of her friend Kaitlin Chapman

Isabelle Camino records a video of her friend Kaitlin Chapman during her open barrels run on Wednesday. Camino ran barrels and was also going to compete in breakaway roping and goat tying.

Gus Harvey sets the camera up to record another saddle bronc rider

Gus Harvey sets the camera up to record another saddle bronc rider on Wednesday. Harvey later rode in the rookie saddle bronc category but did not make it the full eight seconds.

Garrett Thorgramson laughs with Mike Arnio as the two work to get ready

Garrett Thorgramson laughs with Mike Arnio as the two work to get the stirrups and saddle ready before his rookie saddle bronc ride on Wednesday. This was Thorgramson’s second ever competition saddle bronc ride, last week being his first. One stirrup broke on the second buck of his ride dropping him out early in his eight seconds.

Norris Graves rocks back and forth in his saddle to continue final preparations

Norris Graves rocks back and forth in his saddle to continue final preparations before his ride on Wednesday night. Many bronc riders use resin, made from tree sap, to add some stickiness to their saddles and chaps as an extra tool for staying on board the horse. Bull riders also use the resin but on the ropes that they hold.

Ethan and Micah Frasier, and Phillip Rising Sun look up to the crows nest

From left, brothers Ethan and Micah Frasier, and Phillip Rising Sun look up to the crows nest to find out how many tie down ropers are left before Ethan’s make-up ride on Wednesday. The bronc ride categories were split up by roping events like tie down roping and breakaway roping.

Vance Thorson, 12, looks down over the shoots from an overhead platform

Vance Thorson, 12, looks down over the shoots from an overhead platform on Wednesday. Thorson was one of several kids who moved between the platform, the stands and behind the chutes.

Micah Frasier falls back and to the right as the horse makes his second buck out

Micah Frasier falls back and to the right as the horse makes his second buck out of the shoot. Frasier recovered from the move and remained on the horse to complete his ride.

Ethan Frasier leans his weight back before nodding to open the chute

Ethan Frasier leans his weight back before nodding to open the chute on Wednesday. Frasier did not make it the full eight seconds on his re-ride.

Bob Forbes pushes two bronc horses up to be loaded in the chutes

Bob Forbes pushes two bronc horses up to be loaded in the chutes on Wednesday. Forbes worked in the back runs moving horses around for the bronc riding contests.

Cigarette in mouth, Andre LaFrance waits for his loop to fully hook onto the horns of the calf

Cigarette in mouth, Andre LaFrance waits for his loop to fully hook onto the horns of the calf before pulling the calf around for his teammate on Wednesday. The team roping pair did not score a time.

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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