EUGENE, Ore. — Before the cowboys take the arena for the Eugene Pro Rodeo next week, they’re getting some help breaking in the dirt.
There were about 800 kids Wednesday getting wagon rides and running out of bucking chutes, and organizers of the Eugene Pro Rodeo says they’re hoping this is just as educational as it is fun.
This is the sixth year of the Kids Club Rodeo. Organizers say they want to teach kids about the history of rodeo and how the sport works. They say some kids come back every year and build on their knowledge and experience of being part of the rodeo.
“Like one little kid says, ‘Those are called bucking chutes and that’s where the cowboys come out of on the bucking horses and the bucking bulls.’ I like that because I know then that what we’ve done over the last couple of years that they’ve picked up on,” said Wayne White, Eugene Pro Rodeo announcer.
The event runs until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
There are quite a few different activities there for kids, including face painting, free ice cream, and adults teaching kids how to rope cattle.
The Eugene Pro Rodeo starts on July 3 and goes through July 6 at the Oregon Horse Center.