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Ranch Rodeo

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Summer went out in western style Sunday...

Antler Outlaw Days -- a three day event -- ended with a Ranch Rodeo just a mile or so south of the Canadian border.

As always, it drew a large crowd, and competitors from around the region.

Perry Olson was there and gives us a taste from both outside, and inside the ring.

The teams were ready -- the kids dressed for the occasion -- it was Outlaw Days in Antler, and the final event -- the Ranch Rodeo...

(Matt Wagner - Mouse River Rodeo Association President) "Most everyone here grew up around ranching all their life or running a ranch. It is a good way for us to get out and have some fun...

Fun is certainly involved...take the Counterfeit Cowboys...

(Jared Engh - Counterfeit Cowboys) "We are hanging back...in the back of the... (roped by teammate)"

This first year team is competing against vets and fellow rookies this year -- learning while competing -- and during interviews!

(Jared Engh - Counterfeit Cowboys) "I didn't realize 'til we started doing it but it looks a lot easier on the outside. It is a lot tougher when you get in there!"

So let's go in there -- Cowboy Tony Smith put the camera on his hat...to get up close and personal with a steer that had been roped. It's intense...hard work...and lots and lots of fun...

(Jared Engh - Counterfeit Cowboys) "We are having a lot of fun doing it and is something we will continue to do and hopefully get better along the way." (Jared Engh - Counterfeit Cowboys) "Communication is the biggest thing with a lot of team sports. You have to talk to your teammates and the other team because we are trying to keep everybody safe."

Of course -- getting up close and personal with these animals doesn't always end well...blood can be drawn. But what is a guarantee every time these cowboys and girls saddle up is good competition. The goal for events like this is to compete...and get the kids interested... The park here in Antler has proven to be a great tool in making that happen...

(Matt Wagner - Mouse River Rodeo Association President) "We have been having a chance to fill it up a lot this year. We have had some kid rodeos and barrel racing in the past year. We do a kid rodeo and we had 80 kids this year. It is getting bigger."

And better too -- the sport continues -- the people still come -- and the stock...they provide quite the challenge. In Antler, Perry Olson, KX News.

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