Large crowds attend

by: Photo by Joe McHaney - The annual Jefferson County Rodeo drew large crowds for the two-day performance last week.

The annual Jefferson County Rodeo featured several wild spills, including a close scare with bullfighter Cody Harsch. In the end, everyone walked away and some added money to their bank account.
   During the opening round last Friday, Harsch took a nasty hit from Gun Runner in trying to protect bull rider Josh Dillins after his dismount. Harsch was speared in the back and stomped on multiple times while being pinned against the Ira's Towing bucking chute. Luckily for Harsch, he was able to walk away after a crew of paramedics examined him.
   Gun Runner did his damage, but he also paid Dillins, who posted a 74-point ride for first place worth $868.80.
   A total of 157 cowboys and cowgirls competed for a total payout worth $15,824 in a rodeo that featured bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping. The event also featured wild donkey races and wild horse races.
   This year, admission was charged for the rodeo because fair admission was free. That didn't stop fans from attending, as Jefferson County Fairgrounds coordinator Sandy Forman said they were near capacity on Friday, and standing room only on Saturday. Event winners and their payouts are listed below.
   Bareback riding
   T-1. Wyatt Denny and Noah Bayes, 77 points; $403.20 each
   Bull riding
   Josh Dillins, 74 points; $868.80
   Saddle bronc riding
   Charlie Barker, 79 points; $422.40
   Barrel racing
   Kayla Gregory, 13.69 seconds; $981.36
   Breakaway roping
   Trisha McCoin, 2.30 seconds; $793.44
   Steer wrestling
   Chase Richter, 7.10 seconds; $396.00
   Team roping
   Kelsey Cook/Douglas Cook
   and Bobby Alexander/Bo Patzke,
   5.3 seconds; $579.00 each
   Tie-down roping
   Brett Hale, 9.8- seconds; $633.60
   Total payout - $15,824
   Contestants - 157
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