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A new saddle is the top prize for youths who enter the rodeo-style event at the fairgrounds.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - This saddle, donated by DMJ Cattle Co., will be won by the all around Cowdeo champion.The annual Cowdeo will be held Oct. 14, with kids between 5 and 14 years competing in a variety of rodeo-style events.

The Jefferson County Fairgrounds has hosted the Cowdeo event since 1968. Now in its 49th year, Cowdeo provides kids the opportunity to experience friendly rodeo competition in a family atmosphere.

"This is a really fun event for participants and spectators alike." said Brian Crow, fairgrounds event coordinator. "The kids make this event exciting. It is really fun to watch them compete."

Sign-ups for contestants opened online Monday, Sept. 25, and the form can be found at the website jcfairgrounds.org.

Events being showcased this year are:

• Goat decorating.

• Horseless calf roping.

• Breakaway calf roping.

• Sheep riding.

• Calf riding.

• Cow riding.

• Barrel racing.

• Scurry races.

• Critter scramble.

"The Cowdeo is operated by an all-volunteer staff who pour their hearts and souls into producing a first- class event. They truly love the sport and the kids who come to compete," said Crow.

Showtime is at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $5 at the door and kids under the age of 4 are free.

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