You have likely heard the saying about how rodeo is one large family. Learn how you can be part of the Benton County Fairgrounds Rodeo Family.
The Benton County Fairgrounds Rodeo Committee is looking for volunteers to help at the Fair and Rodeo, July 29 through Aug. 1, and with rodeo events throughout the year.
In the rodeo family, kids are raised together, learn life lessons together, help each other succeed and comfort one another when there is failure. Here are six reasons why your rodeo family is better than your actual family.
- No one else knows how bad you want “it” or how hard you work. Rodeo is a land of laid backed, sun-weathered, hardworking blue-collared individuals but, don’t let this atmosphere confuse you: these cowboys and cowgirls want to win and succeed more than the average athlete. Rodeo contestants have to pay to play unlike other professional sports where you are paid to just show up. Their chivalry and good sportsmanship may be overlooked by the average attendee as indifference but that graciousness and good heartedness is something their rodeo family taught them from a young age.
- You spend more quality time with your rodeo family than your actual family. Every weekend you are competing at different rodeos across your region and you can guarantee that the familiar faces of your rodeo family are going to be there. They are the faces around a campfire as you laugh and joke telling your deepest secrets and fondest memories; they know you better than your own siblings (unless, of course, they are part of your rodeo family).
- The craziest stories you tell all your non rodeo friends stem from your rodeo family. Let’s face it, when you get a group of individuals together that can ride, rope, have no fear and are mechanically inclined – it’s going down! Whether it’s cow hide races, rescue race, or who can ride the craziest horse, steer or bull, the laughs you share over adrenaline are going to shock the rest of your friends and propel you to an even higher factor of cool.
- Your rodeo family gave you the biggest “tough love” lesson you have ever received. Rodeo is hard on the body, emotionally and physically. Sometimes, and no one is proud of it, you do something that you regret. Your rodeo family enforces that you need to right the situation before the sun falls down because that’s the code of the west; the set of unspoken laws that you were raised on. Although it doesn’t feel good to suck up your pride and apologize you always feel better afterwards.
- Your “home town” rodeo is better than any family reunion. Nothing feels better than getting to go to your hometown rodeo. Whether you are a part of that rodeo’s family by being a part of the audience, volunteering on the rodeo committee, or competing in the rodeo. Home town rodeos have the best feeling because it’s like coming home after war. There is a sense of pride and relief to see familiar faces, know the routine, and know the rodeo grounds like the back of your hand. The camaraderie and joy you feel catching up with the rodeo committee, who are always wishing you the best of luck and success through your season, is better than a family reunion where no ones knows what you are talking about nor actually cares.
- Your rodeo family always, ALWAYS, has your back. No matter how big or small the issues are your rodeo family will have your back and do everything that they can to help you succeed. Whether it’s the shirt off their back, hat off their head, or their horse they will haul the extra 100 mils just to be there for you. They aren’t just there in the small things; they will have your back on any injustice caused to you at the rodeo or argument you may have. You never have to ask more than once, you never have to beg, and, most of the time, they will jump in to help you without you even asking because they know you are too polite to ask for it.
The Benton County Fair & Rodeo’s Rodeo Committee goes above and beyond when it comes to their support for the Benton County Fair and Rodeo, former and current rodeo queens, and any contestant, rodeo personnel or volunteer. If you are interested in joining the Benton County Rodeo Committee, we are more than happy to have you. Please contact us today to find out what you can do to help! To learn more, call the Fairgrounds office at 541-766-6521.
[July 16, 2015]
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