Harrisburg – Kids and adults with special needs enjoyed an extraordinary day at the second “Exceptional Rodeo,” held Thursday, Jan. 14, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Nearly 40 children and adults with special needs had the opportunity to be real cowboys and cowgirls for the day. The ProRodeo Circuit participants escorted the contestants to different stations including roping, barrel racing, bare back riding, saddle bronco and horse and bull riding.
The First Frontier ProRodeo Circuit, United Cerebral Palsy and Altmeyer’s Trailers sponsored the event.
“It’s for the kids,” said Dave Murat, marketing director for the First Frontier Circuit. “We are a big family here and are all about events for families and kids.”
“It’s great,” commented Keith Isley, a rodeo entertainer, bullfighter and rodeo clown. “It opens them up to see what rodeos are like. They get to touch and feel the animals and the ropes. They realize how tough it is.”
At the end of the day, each of the contestants took home a t-shirt, cowboy hat, lasso rope and photos from the event.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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