Rodeo returns to LA

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos County Open Rodeo will take place this weekend at Brewer Arena, providing fun for participants and spectators Saturday and Sunday.

The event is open to anyone. People can choose to sign up ahead of time, or at the rodeo grounds this weekend.

There will be 17 events run both days, ranging from sheep chasing and steer riding for children to bull riding and barrel racing for adults.

Brendan Tuning, the organizer of Los Alamos County’s Fair and Rodeo, said that the most popular events every year are the sheep chasing and the bull riding.

“Those definitely seem to have the most broad appeal,” Tuning said. “A lot of people enjoy watching the barrel racing too because of how fast-paced it is.”

He explained that a lot of people see the other events as filler between the main attractions, but that every event is sure to bring loud cheers from the crowd.

Between 80 and 100 people are expected to participate, with 20 or 30 of those entering multiple events throughout the weekend.

Entry fees are different in every event, with certain children’s events being free, and some adult events reaching as high as $75 per person.

To register, call (719) 580-3022.

Open team roping is the most expensive event at $100 per team, but each person will only have to pay $50.

In addition, Tuning said he expects more than 1,000 people to attend the event.

“As long as the weather is good, we expect to see a really good turnout in the stands and around the arena,” he said.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Families of four get in for a discounted price of $20.

The events will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tuning said the order of events will be the same both days, but that start times are hard to guess.

“It all depends on the number of participants we have in every event,” Tuning said. “Naturally some of them will take longer than others.”

Cash prizes will be handed out to the top competitors in each event Saturday and Sunday.

After two days of competition, belt buckles will be awarded to the top overall competitor in each event on top of each day’s cash prize.