Another sunny evening in Sedro Woolley - but much cooler than last year! Traffic should have been a clue as to how many people were coming to this event! After maybe 15-min. in traffic - we were parking on the grass strip along the trail & standing in line for the ticket booth. The volunteer staff is always so helpful, walking along the line & taking payment - got everyone in quickly.
We picked up food & headed for our usual spots in the beer garden. The largest crowd we've seen here in years. The Pro-West Rodeo is so well run & fast moving - yet with the hometown feel that we enjoy so much. The selection of drinks was much better than last year! I tried my first Bud Lite Strawberry Rita & found it pretty good! :-) I'd forgotten my camera, but my phone did a really nice job of capturing some of the color of the event.
I love seeing all the flashy tack & super well trained horses! There's always the thrills & spills that Rodeo crowds love to see - as long as no one gets hurt! I saw a beautiful buckskin, not to dark, not too light - with a golden sheen - like Wow!
The events were fast moving, team roping, Saddle-bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, trick riding & finally - a new entry - mounted shooting! One of the younger members of the Mcmillian Family Trick Riders took a very hard spill & laid motionless for a heartrending second... there was a huge sigh of relief from the stands -when she regained her feet!
Such a beautiful afternoon, mid-70's made it hard to believe that we're into July already! Finally - this year there was "Dancing in the Dirt". A flat bed brought in the equipment for the Troy Fair Band! Soon, music was playing & people were dancing!
If you're looking for a good time, this is the place! Sedro Woolley hosts the longest running Fourth-of-July celebration in Washington State! It's become a must for us!
|Rein Riders & Royalty introduced to packed stands -|
|Flags for the sponsors~|
|As the sun goes down~|
|Equipment going into the arena~|