Saddle up for the Oregon Trail Rodeo

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Despite Thursday night storms, The Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings kicked off without a hitch, Friday. Aside from a few panels knocked down the fairgrounds received minimal damage. Workers were out first thing inspecting and fixing anything that needed to be repaired.

Oregon Trail Rodeo

With all of the rain that come down last night, some areas of the fairgrounds were a bit muddy but the show still went on.

"Most rodeo are outdoors, we deal with rain, wind. We're Nebraskans we are use to the weather, we just deal with it. The grand stands are covered," said Ruth Nicolaus, Publicist, Oregon Trail Rodeo.

Empty stands slowly turned into people cheering on their favorite competitions.

"I like coming to the rodeo for the barrel racing and the cowboys," said Rodeo Fan, Kaylee Steer.

The Oregon Trail Rodeo opened with plenty of pomp and circumstance. Favored traditions live on with rodeo dignitaries still the greatest opening act. Rodeo queens admired and opening acts suited for those not quite rodeo ready.

Although the competitions are the attention getters, the food is still a popular treat but it can't hold a cowboy hat to the actual rodeo.

"The best part about the rodeo is the bull riding and horses," said Fan, Lauryn Kenning.

And for some, like, Kaylee Larson, this wasn't their first rodeo.
"I like coming back to the rodeo because I like to watch the steer wrestling. the tie-down roping and it is just a lot of fun to hang out with everyone."

This year was the first time for Mutton Busting and once out the gate, there are no do-overs in rodeo.

The rodeo goes all weekend and tickets are $5 and $10.