BY MELANIE BUCK –
Even on the hottest day so far this summer, the 2015 Handi-capable Rodeo was a huge hit amongst the crowd that kicked up their spurs to become cowboys and cowgirls for a day.
Each year, on Friday morning of the annual Rodeo, students of the Polk County Developmental Center and others, show up at the Andy Risenhoover Arena to rope, ride, and dance, just like they do in the evenings at the ‘big show.’ Each year, the smiles get bigger, and each year, the volunteers feel more blessed.
As they cheered one another on, participants of all ages showed their grit and enthusiasm for life as they took their chances at being a horse rider, bull rider, or calf roper, and also rode on an old fashion hay ride, got their faces painted by official rodeo clowns, and then, danced the day away.
The event is very near and dear to the hearts of rodeo spokesperson, Wendy Strother, and the many cowgirls and cowboys of all ages that help to make this event so very special for its athletes.