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Hundreds Pack Stands at C-Bar Rodeo

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Several Hundred packed the stands on Wednesday night for the C-Bar Rodeo at the Marion County fair where cowboys and cowgirls alike competed in barrel racing, bareback broncos and bull riding.  

Among the youngest Bull Riders was 12 year old Hunter Richardson of Salem, who mounted the bull for the third time in his life at the Wednesday night rodeo. While he was thrown off quickly, he says he still had fun.

"I lost about four seconds. I lost my inside foot when they opened the gate, and I was really nervous...nerves got into me" said Richardson.

Richardson says that he was inspired to ride bulls after watching the movie "8 Seconds" with one of his friends. Last year, he took up the sport, much to the dismay of his parents.

"At first they thought I was out of my mind. They said 'Oh no, you aren't doing this'. But, I talked them into it eventually and paid for all the gear myself, and I've gotten all the way up here, and I'm gonna do what it takes" said Richardson.

Taking first place in the bull riding event was Ben Williams, with a score of 83 points.

Also at the rodeo was Marion County's own Dusty Crain, a St. Peter native and 2005 South Central High School Graduate who spends most of her time performing as a "trick rider" for the Dixie Stampede at Dollywood Tennessee. She said it was a real treat to be back home.

"It's so awesome. I worked my whole life to work at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Rodeo, and there are so many people sitting in that crowd that watched me learn, watched me struggle, watched me grow as a performer. To come back and show them what I do for a living...the feeling is indescribable and humbling. I'm so glad to be here" Crain told WJBD.

Crain performed dozens of death-and-gravity-defying stunts including so called "Roman Riding" which involves standing on two horses at once and performing maneuvers, including jumping through a ring of fire.

The rodeo was the climax of fair events on Wednesday, which also included the 4-H Livestock Auction.

Fair events continue this week with Drew Baldridge Performing Thursday night (tonight), the Demolition Derby on Friday, and the big NTPA Tractor Pull on Saturday.

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