Rough riders in Manawa
Mid-Western Rodeo this weekend
By Holly Neumann
Cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo hopefuls and fans filled the Hoffmann Memorial Arena to take part in the greatest show on dirt.
The Mid-Western Rodeo opened Thursday night in Manawa.
With the stadium filled to near capacity and 267 contestants ready to entertain the crowd, the audience was in for an evening of fun.
“I cannot wait for the bull riding,” Scott Berkoff said. “That has got to be tough. And the spills are fun to see.”
“When I grow up, I want to be a barrel rider,” 6-year-old Jenna Sparks said. “I have a pony now, so all I need to do is practice, practice, practice.”
The annual summer Mid-Western Rodeo features steer wrestling, bronc riding and performances by “Backflip” Johnny Dudley and the Rodeo City Riders.
“It is a whole lot of fun,” Petey Liablo said. “I have been coming here for 10 years, it’s a real good time.”
Additional shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1.
The rodeo parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday.