Monday, August 13, 2012

Fair and Rodeo THANK YOU

Mud Lake Fair and Rodeo

Just finishing up a week of Fair and Rodeo fun!  This week really got me thinking about all the people that it takes to make things successful.

Feed and Water
Feed and Water
Start all over again.....this is a basic rodeo weekend for us.  Fairly simple, but this weekend I got to thinking about each and every person that works so hard to make a flawless rodeo .  Year round there is work being done to make this week a success. 

Here are just a few people that I'd like to Thank
Thank You to the family that donated corrals for the rodeo stock to lay over at before we could get hauled in to the rodeo grounds.  Thank You for the hay, water and care provided for those animals. 
Thank You to the pickup man that hauled flanks, chaps, and the barrel bucket home from the last rodeo so we would have the tools we needed for our rodeo.
Thank You to Dad for taking the time to go through the pen of horses with me so I had knowledge to be able to place them in the rodeo where they could shine.

Thank You to the high school rodeo team for putting on a team roping for every one to enjoy.
Thank You to the contractor that hauled in roping steers. Thank You for hauling in my dogging steers.
Thank You to every food booth that was open and cooking food to feed the fans.
Thank You to the farmers and ranchers that work year round to produce food for us to enjoy.
Thank You to every one who volunteers time to serve.
Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to get the new concession building finished.  It is beautiful and a wonderful place for our community to gather together.
Thank You to the devote woman that wiped down tables every night to make them clean and fresh for the next day.
Thank You to the 95+ year old neighbors that came down to the fair to enjoy some fair food and let us be in your presence.  Even staying to take in a little team roping action. 
Thank You to the strong young men that helped get the wheel chair through the gravel.
Thank You to each and every person that came down to compete in the team roping. 
Thank You to everyone who volunteered to make that event a success and raise money for the children and the future stars of rodeo.
Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to ensure that the water system was up and running to water livestock. 

Renegade Horses
Thank You to family that was up 1st thing Thursday morning to load and haul bucking horses even though they had spent most of the night volunteering at the high school team roping.  Thank You for volunteering your time, vehicles and expertise.

Thank You to the student studying to be a pilot that took time at home to volunteer his precious time to serve.  Thank You for hauling, feeding, running and doing so much!

Thank You to mother nature for every drop of moisture we've received this year and the grass that we were able to kick livestock out on to graze. 

Thank You to everyone who helped set up the Pink Tent. 
Thank You to Scott and Shyanne Hathaway for working the DoTerra Essential Oil booth and sharing HEALTH with all our friends and neighbors.
Thank You to everyone who sets up a booth and adds to the fullness of our fair.
Thank You to everyone who patronizes our booths and enjoys in everything the fair has to offer.

Thank You to everyone who puts time into making the kids rodeo a success.  Thank You for taking entries. Organizing personnel and volunteers.

Thank You to everyone who donates stock for the kids to ride, rope, and chase.

Thank You to all the cowboys who donate time, fuel, and horse flesh to clear the arena, pull kids in the hide race and make the evening a success.
Thank You to every family who came out to watch.
Thank You to every courageous contestant that entered up in the rodeo and their families for supporting them.
Thank You to everyone loading cattle, taking ropes off and working diligently behind the scenes.

Thank You to everyone who helped run timed event stock through in the cool of the night after the kids rodeo so that we would be ready for slack in the morning.
Thank You for your help running bucking horses through.
Thank You to the family who donates a personel vehicle to feed livestock.  Thank You for feeding, letting us use your vehicle, driving, and always going above and beyond.

Thank You to the cowboy that drove out in the middle of the night to deliver steers for our morning slack.
Thank You to those who raise livestock for a living and provide the cattle we need to compete with.
THAN K YOU to my guardian angels that the bucking horses that escaped in the night were still close to the rodeo grounds and we were able to run them in on foot as we pulled in for slack.

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who closed the gate behind yourself and didn’t let the bucking horses out. 
Thank You to the cowboys who helped run stock through.
Thank You to the barrel racers who staked the arena.
Thank You to all the contestants for entering the Mud Lake Rodeo.
HUGE THANK YOU to every contestant that Thanked the volunteers working behind the scenes to put on a rodeo for them. 
Thank You to every contestant that Thanked the high school girls that were taking off ropes.  Thank You to everyone who untied a calf, followed their livestock out of the arena and was courteous.
Thank You to the hard working committee who works year round to get donations and added money to make this rodeo possible.
Thank You to the community and business that donate and support their local fair and rodeo.
Thank You to the rodeo judges at the grounds hours before the slack performance putting up barriers.

Thank You to a Rodeo Secretary who is in constant contact.  Keeping me updated with entries and always working to make it the best show possible.
Thank You to the ticket takers.  It is a Thankless job and we appreciate all your hard work.  That is how we pay to put on our rodeo is collecting of tickets.  THANK YOU to each and every person who buys a ticket and makes another year of Fair and Rodeo possible!

Thank You to everyone sorting and loading cattle at the top end of the arena.  Thank You for doing your job so well and keeping the cattle in just the right order.
Thank You to the person tieing the barriers.
Thank You to the person waiting for the cowboys nod and opening the latch.
Thank You to the judge watching the barrier to give the animal a fair chance.
Thank You to the flagger in the field that drops that flag and signals the stop watch.
Thank You to the timers, stop watch in hand, recording the events and documenting the prospective champions of the weekend.
Thank You to the announcer for keep us informed and the flow of the performance rolling.
Thank You to every volunteer takes a rope off and pens the cattle back where they are supposed to go.
Thank You to for feeding, watering and caring for the stock that hard worked throughout slack.
Thank You to judges for drawing a pen so that we could sort and be prepeared for our rodeo performance.
Thank You to every food booth and having a hot meal prepared to be enjoyed.

Thank You to the cowboys who helped gather bucking horses.
Thank You to the neighbor kids who helped run slide gates while we sorted. 
Thank You to the bull fighters that ran back pen gates to receive the different pens of horses we would use in the performance that night.
Thank You to the pickup men, neighbors, friends, and little brothers who rode and sorted bucking horses out of the arena to us.
Thank You to the judges and secretary for being so great to work with all weekend.
Thank You to the runners moving stock up to the top corrals so that they could be competed on.
THANK YOU to everyone who works so deligently at that end to keep things running smoothly; Sorting, Loading, Tieing barriers, and working together.  I never have to worry about a thing while I’m loading bucking horses on the other end during a performance and that is a huge blessing.
Thank You to the queens who run stock out and keep our arena clean. 
Thank You to 4H and everyone who participated in the opening ceremonies.
Thank You to the beautiful national anthem singer
Thank You for offering up a prayer on all of our behalf to start off our rodeo right.
Thank You again to our announcer for keeping things rolling and keeping us informed.
Thank You to the bucking horse loaders.
Thank You to every cowboy who runs a slide gate.
Thank You for running a neck rope and tieing broncs in.
Thank You to the men who trip latches, pull gates and are an essential part of every horse bucked.
Thank you to the Cowboys who enter!  Thank You to the cowboys who drive hundreds of miles.
Thank You to the Cowboys who ride!
Thank You to the stripping chute crew who receives bucking horses all night, takes saddles off and puts animals back in pens.
Thank You to the pickupmen rescuing cowboys and clearing the arena for the next bronc. 
Thank You to the dedicated volunteer on the out gate.
Thank You to the Bucking Bull guys for hauling in quality bulls for the Rodeo.  Sorting, loading, and taking care of everything needed for a successful bull riding.
Thank You to the bull fighters that work all weekend, where ever needed to make things run smoothly and go above and beyond.  They were there from the very first animal sorted in slack to the very last horse fed.  Thank You for putting yourself in harm’s way to protect the cowboys.
Thank You to each and every person who bought a ticket to the rodeo.
Thank You for every fan that cheered on a competitor and enjoyed the rodeo.
Thank You to the great girls that watered the calves.
Thank You to guys that helped grain and feed the calves.
Thank You for feeding the steers, bucking horses and bulls.
Thank You to the High School Rodeo club for preparing delicious dinners for the entire crew to enjoy.


Thank You to the pretty lady at the feed store who set out a bag of corn for me to pick up Saturday morning.  The baby calves sure loved it!
Thank You to the awesome committee member who put a new float on the trough for the horses and bulls so they had endless water to drink up all through the hot summer day.
Thank You to the bull fighters and friends who helped feed rodeo stock that morning.

THANK You to everyone who entered projects in the fair!  Thank You to all 4H leaders who work year round to teach and prepare for the fair.

Thank You to everyone who enters livestock and shows sheep, pigs, and steers. 
Thank You to everyone who gets their livestock in top condition to show and sell. 
Thank You to all the buyers who support our 4H kids and buy top quality meat!

Thank You again to the food booths who slave over hot grills all day to make delicious meals for all the fair goers to enjoy. 

Thank You to the horse ropers who helped gather and sort bucking horses.
Thank You to the bull fighter’s wife and girlfriend for running a slide gate.
 THANK YOU to everyone who helped Friday with all the jobs that had to be done for performing EVERYTHING AGAIN flawlessly.  Thank You for loading, sorting, running neck ropes, pulling slide gates, opening chute gates, stripping chutes, out gates, and more!

Thank You to the Champion Bronc Rider who took the time to help a novice rider get ready and how to do things to be safe. 
Thank You to a All Around Handy Rodeo Dad for helping load bucking horses and flank.  LOVE RODEO FAMILY! 

Thank You to my calf guy for hauling delivering calves and coming to pick them up.
Thank You again to the awesome Bull Guys.
Thank You to those who stayed until the very last animal was fed and kicked out on hay.

Thank You to the cowboys who helped gather and sort steers to go home.
Thank You to the steer contractor for delivery and picking up steers.
Thank You to the cowboys who helped jump start pickups, sort and load bucking horses.
Thank You for the help taking down the Pink Tent.
Thank You to the neighbor who brought down more hay and fed.
Thank You for all the help unloading and getting hauled home.
I know that this list doesn’t even begin to touch on everything that goes into making this weekend a success.  Thank You to all the un-sung heros! 
This truly is an amazing fair and rodeo and it’s because of each and every person who pulls together to do everything that need to be done.  It was an honor to be a part of this weekend and I am blessed to live in this community.

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