Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 18, 2014

A lot of bull(s)

Rodeo coming to 4-H fair

A daring grandstand event will debut at the Ripley County 4-H Fair, which takes place July 20-26 at the Osgood fairgrounds.

“We’re doing a rodeo” Wednesday at 7 p.m., presented by Fox Hollow Rodeo, Waynesville, Ohio, announces Katie Johnson, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service 4-H and health and human sciences educator. “We’re really excited about it. It will be fun.”

Professional bull riders and barrel racers began registering July 14 with $50 and $40 entry fees, respectively. Winners receive cash prizes.

Winners in three other categories for newbies will be given buckles, she explains. Signups, which are limited, open Monday in the fair office (812-689-6511). Novice bull riders must be 16 and older ($25 fees), junior bull riders should be 10-14 with height requirements ($15 fees) and mutton bustin’ competitors who ride sheep should weigh 65 pounds or less ($10). Participants also must pay $10 grandstand fees.

More details and competition tips can be found on a Facebook page (1st Annual Ripley County Rodeo).

Other grandstand events and contact persons for more information: Sunday, Greased Pig Contest, 7:30 p.m., Steve Franklin, 812-621-0994; or Brian Evans, 812-871-05:00; Monday, Barnyard Olympics, 7:30 p.m., Charlie Baylor, 812-654-3669; Tuesday, Lawn and Garden Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., Gayle Fogle, 812-593-6433; Thursday, Quad and Cycle Flat Drags, 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Osgood Lions Club; Friday, Truck Drags, 7 p.m., sponsored by Osgood Volunteer Fire Department; Saturday, Truck and Tractor Pull, 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Osgood Volunteer Fire Department.

Grandstand fees are $7 for adults and $3 for children with one exception. Rodeo admission is $10, with children 5 and under admitted free.

In addition, parking is $2, and attendees can purchase $5 passes that can be used all week. Parking is free during business-sponsored nights on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

In addition to viewing the exhibits and grandstand events, fair-goers can enjoy free stage entertainment, according to park manager Shana Joseph: Sunday, 4:30 p.m., vesper service with gospel singers; 6 p.m., opening, banner parade and fashion review; Monday, 5 p.m., baby show; Tuesday, 5 p.m., national pedal pullers and racers; Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., rabbit royalty; 6-8 p.m., vocalist Casey Chapman; 8-10 p.m., musician Alexx Billman; Thursday, 6 p.m., Four Coming Gospel; 8:30-10 p.m., country and rock band Centerline; Friday, 6-7:30 p.m., blues musician Walking Tall; Saturday, 7 p.m., 4-H awards program.

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