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Crowd enjoys family-friendly North Washington Rodeo

August 17, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

A cowboy rides out the colors for opening ceremonies of the North Washington Rodeo.

NORTH WASHINGTON — Cheers, whistles and country music filled the stands of the North Washington Rodeo on Friday as fans settled in for an evening of competition.

The rodeo arena filled with bareback horse riding, calf roping and steer rustling as it continued into its final day on Saturday.

Doug and Tina Kriley of Herman watched the rodeo with their family Friday.

“We come every year,” Tina Kriley said. “This year, we came twice.”

Tina Kriley said for the kids it's an awesome experience.

“You can see the excitement in their eyes,” she said.

Dave Hazlet, the rodeo committee's chairman, said the rodeo also serves as the major fundraiser for the North Washington Volunteer Fire Department.

“It's a volunteer department, and it keeps our department running,” Hazlet said. “It takes new gear and equipment to keep them safe.”

Read more in Sunday's Butler Eagle.