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The State Fair wouldn't be complete without some friendly competition between cowboys and cowgirls.

Kelli Volk takes us to the All Seasons Arena for a State Fair favorite.

When the familiar sound of the announcer's voice rings through the arena and horses kick up dirt in anticipation...it's clear that Ranch Rodeo has returned to the North Dakota State Fair.

It's a friendly competition that keeps competitors returning year after year.

(Adam Wanner, Competitor, 4 Guys on Horses)"It's a lot of fun--especially when the crowd's involved. We've got a lot of support--our wives, our kids come along and cheer us on."

The way the competition works is simple: teams go head to head in the arena and compete for the best time.

After the teams compete in the five different events, the points are tallied up.

One rodeo official says it's different from conventional rodeo and draws many farmers and ranchers to become involved in the activity.

(Lynn Asheim, Chairman, NDSF Ranch Rodeo)"The events that we do somewhat are similar to everyday practices as home. It's giving them an outlet for them to some of these."

(Adam Wanner, Competitor, 4 Guys on Horses)"Here you get five events and it's fun."

From Trailer Loading to Wild Cow Milking--the competition can become pretty intense at times.

However, at the end of the day, the teams are simply friends doing what they love to do.

(Lynn Asheim, Chairman, NDSF Ranch Rodeo)"The guys take it serious, but it's not a life and death thing for them. They all cheer for the other team. They're real good about playing by the rules."

(Adam Wanner, Competitor, 4 Guys on Horses)" It's just fun. We're all good friends and everybody enjoys it."

From the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, Kelli Volk, KX News.

If you want to get in on more rodeo action, you can catch the barrel bash tonight and tomorrow evening .

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