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The 2013 Buckle Exchange took place with (left to right) Jaci Meagher, 2013 Princess; Julia Wittmer, 2012 Muttin Bustin winner; and Terra Mitzel, 2013 Rodeo Queen, taking part. (Photo by Glenwood City Tribune Press Reporter)

Rodeo raises cash for fairgrounds

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The St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo will be bringing top notch Ram Rodeo to St. Croix County Fairgrounds & Fairplex, Glenwood City, Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, with 7:30 p.m. performances.

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Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. both days and the performances are rain or shine.

In addition to the thrill of watching professional cowboys compete on the rough stock furnished by the famed Barnes Rodeo Stock Co., there are added attractions for the entire family, particularly junior wranglers.

Muttin Bustin', sponsored by Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep, is a real crowd pleaser, testing the ability of junior wranglers to ride a sheep against the clock. At each performance, 10 lucky entrants weighing 55 pounds or less are drawn by lot. Winners of the event receive a traveling trophy that they keep for a year and then turn in for an engraved western buckle.

Last year's winners were Marissa German, Somerset, and Julia Wittmer, Glenwood City. For both girls, the Traveling Trophy had an honored place in their homes with the story of their rides being retold numerous times.

"A successful ride is easy, simply squeeze your legs really tight and hold on," Wittmer said. "The ride was like flying on a cloud."

In addition to Muttin Bustin', youth can compete in Nickel & Calf Scrambles. On Saturday only, Fantasy Corral will bring their collection of exotic petting animals and, for a charge, offer pony rides.

For all ages, Steve Jarchow, New Richmond, is offering complimentary horse drawn wagon rides both nights between 5 and 7 p.m. Be sure to come early, by 5 p.m., to take full advantage of the junior wrangler competition.

For details and advance discount tickets, visit www.gorodeo.org.

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