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Unique rodeo packs plenty of action

A bull rider at the Flying U Extreme Rodeo holds on as long as he can Thursday night at the Fairgrounds Arena.
Photo by Kael Newton |

The Flying U Rodeo marked it’s second night of performances on Thursday at the Nevada County Fair. Performance is certainly the word to describe this rodeo, which is a far cry from what most would think of as the traditional rodeo experience.

The Painted Ladies of Folsom started off the night’s event with an impassioned ode to the United States, each carrying a large American flag and parading around the arena. Later on in the evening the Ladies would return for a rollicking show of horsemanship, weaving in between each other at high speeds and maneuvering their mounts expertly.

Typical rodeo mainstays such as bull riding, and mutton busting for the younger cowboys and girls were included, with Russell Nelson winning the mutton busting competition in a new stadium record.



However, with the inclusion of a remote control sombrero named Juan Carlos and several interludes for dancing and off the wall competitions Flying U made sure to show the Nevada County crowd this was no ordinary rodeo.

The ‘wild ride’ section of the night was a crowd favorite as cowboys dressed in wacky costumes attempted to stay on the bucking broncos beneath them while adding in an element of flair. All the participants succeeded in this goal, with the rider dressed in a Pancho Villa getup claiming the victory.




The Flying U crew kept the festivities going with a unique twist on bull fighting, in a testament to their sponsor Les Schwab Tires, the Flying U bullfighters attempted to get a giant tire around the fiery bulls. They couldn’t quite pull off the feat, as one of the tires was deflated by a well placed horn from one of bulls.

The huge animals, all the bulls in the show were in the neighborhood of 1,200 pounds according to the announcer, were the center of the show. The bull riding didn’t feature many successful attempts, although there were several close calls of riders getting stomped by the bulls.

The Flying U Rodeo brought dancing, sombreros, bull riding and plenty of action in a truly unique rodeo experience for all ages on their last night of performing at the Nevada County Fair.

Kael Newton is a journalism student at the University of Oregon interning with The Union; he can be reached at NCPCIntern@theunion.com.


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