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The Y's Men's Rodeo can be a fun filled event to bring the whole family together.

Just ask the O'Keeffe family of Mohall.

Three members of the family are competing in this week's rodeo.

As they tell reporter Gary Brode, it makes the event even more special.

Unlike the sea of families enjoying the festivities at the Y's Men's Rodeo, the O'Keeffe's are here to rope and ride.

(Britta O'Keeffe, Barrel Racer) "It's so much fun, we all after, talk about our runs and rides. What we did better, what we could change, what we did good. It's just a big family affair and I love having them here to share it with.

Most competitive.

Britta, along with her younger brother Levi and brother in-law Sam, all qualified for the Badlands Circuit Finals this year.

Each of the three family members said they grew up with the sport.

For Britta and Levi, the competition between one another may have helped them get to where they are now.

(Levi O'Keeffe, Team Roper) "Britta is very competitive in any sport that she does from high school on and I am too usually. It helps a lot when we go to the arena and work on stuff because we always want to win."

The whole family grew up in Mohall except for Sam, who became part of the family seven years ago when he married the eldest O'Keeffe, Heather, who met ironically enough, at a rodeo.

Sam said he was welcome with open arms into the first family of North Dakota rodeo royalty.

(Sam Nordick, Bareback Rider) "Had I married some gal from the big city or something, her family wouldn't understand what I'm into. It's really nice they know where I'm coming from and likewise I guess."

He says having a big family there for support helps not only on the days of the rodeo but the weeks leading up to it.

With the each knot of support from family ties, the three hope to wrangle the competition.

At the Y's Men's Rodeo in Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

The rodeo is currently going on at the All Seasons Arena and will continue tomorrow beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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