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July 6, 2014

Rodeo, the family sport

BLOOMFIELD - This weekend the Davis County Fairgrounds were filled with the energy of the 36th annual Fort Bloomfield Rodeo.

This year, the rodeo ran from Thursday through Saturday. The final rodeo performance was Saturday evening, and participants spent the day getting ready for one last competition over the holiday weekend.

"I think this brings a lot to the community, especially over holiday weekends like this one. There are a lot of rodeos going on with firework shows and parades. It also brings a lot of money into communities," said Jordan Kite as he groomed his horses in preparation for competition.

The fairgrounds were filled with a sense of community as families helps competitors prepare, and Dizzy the Clown painted the faces of excited youngsters. Traditionally, the love of the rodeo is passed down through the family.

Brandon Sells took a break from grooming horses before the show to explain that the family and the rodeo go hand-in-hand.

"My dad used to rodeo, and then I started and roped my first rodeo when I was 10 years old," said Sells.

The importance of family going almost without saying at the Fort Bloomfield Rodeo. As people arriving for the show walked to the stands, they could see fathers and sons dressed in matching shirts and mothers helping daughters practicing their roping techniques.

Kite described the rodeo as a very family-oriented sport, and it is has a very unique atmosphere when compared to football or wrestling.

"My dad and uncles were in the rodeo. I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Iowa and started doing it here too," explained Kite.

The Fort Bloomfield Rodeo is part of the city of Bloomfield's Fourth of July weekendlong celebration. The event isn't all serious competition though, as Dizzy the Clown was there to entertain children and a dance was held after the performance. The rodeo has become a tradition in the community and is a place where community members can go and watch friends and families can gather for support.

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