We Call The Thing Rodeo
Just last night we were driving by the Cross Hollow Events Center and I felt a sense of delight come over me as I realized that rodeo season is here again. It all starts tonight with the Wendy Wood Memorial Rodeo, and one of my colleagues has written a great piece on the event for this weekend. And of course there will be plenty more rodeo opportunities through out the summer and early fall in Cedar City and many other communities in southern Utah.
I remember going to many rodeo activities in Cedar City at the old rodeo grounds that were in the general area of where our Wal Mart sits today. A lot has changed since then, including the construction of both the Iron Rangers Arena and the Diamond Z Arena out at Cross Hollows.
Candidly, there were several years where going to a rodeo were not on our list of things to do. I can't give any reason for our absence other than it just kind of fell off our radar. About 5 years ago one of our daughters was in town and was looking for something to do and since there was a rodeo in town that night, we decided to go. Instantly, we knew we had been missing something. It was a wonderful night, and we have gone to at least one rodeo every season since then.
Today, there is a segment in society that is trying to see rodeo activity come to an end. I'm not trying to pick a fight here, but I think that would a sad day for us.
Rodeo is deeply rooted in the history, traditions, and cultural heritage of many regions, particularly in North America and parts of South America. It serves as a celebration of the skills and lifestyles associated with ranching and cowboy culture. Many people value rodeo as a way to preserve and honor these traditions, passing them down through generations.
Rodeo events often draw large crowds of spectators, leading to significant economic benefits for the hosting communities. These events can boost local tourism, increase revenue for businesses, and create employment opportunities. Rodeos attract visitors from both near and far, stimulating the local economy and contributing to its growth.
Rodeo showcases the skills and abilities of highly trained athletes who compete in various events such as bull riding, bronc riding, and barrel racing, and, as you have read in my colleagues article, the number one bull rider in the world, Ky Hamilton will be here this weekend . These competitors dedicate their time and effort to mastering their craft, promoting discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. Rodeo provides a platform for talented individuals to showcase their abilities and compete at the highest level.
Rodeo offers a unique form of entertainment for spectators. It provides an adrenaline-filled experience that combines thrilling performances, horsemanship, and displays of human-animal interaction. Rodeo events often feature additional attractions such as live music, carnivals, and cultural exhibitions, making them enjoyable experiences for families and individuals.
While concerns have been raised about animal welfare in rodeo, event organizers have made significant efforts to improve animal care and ensure the well-being of the animals involved. Professional rodeo associations have implemented strict rules and regulations to protect the animals from harm. Proper training, veterinary care, and safety measures are employed to minimize any potential risks to the animals.
Rodeo can serve as an educational tool, providing insight into the ranching and agricultural way of life. It offers opportunities for people to learn about animals, livestock handling techniques, and the challenges faced by those involved in the industry. Rodeo events often incorporate educational exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops to raise awareness about animal care, horsemanship, and western heritage. I know personally of some who have proceeded in to the field of veterinary care because of getting close to animals in rodeos.
Rodeo season is here again, and I, for one am happy about that. If you're looking for a a great night out of fun and adventure, the Cross Hollow Event Center is the place to be tonight and / or tomorrow night. You've heard the expression “this is not my first rodeo.” I really hope we are not heading to our last one.