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Flint Hills cowboy teams to compete in state’s oldest ranch rodeo Sunday

It’s rodeo time this weekend at Council Grove.

The 28th annual Fall Ranch Rodeo has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct 5, 1 o’clock, at the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association (MCYRA) arena, located 1½ miles east of Council Grove on Highway 56.

“Of special significance is that our ranch rodeo is the oldest in the state of Kansas, and one of the oldest in the nation, along with possibly being the longest continuously annual ranch rodeos anywhere,” clarified Clay Wilson, MCYRA president.

Set for Sunday’s Western action matinee will be steer branding, team penning, double mugging and team roping.

“Four-member cowboy teams representing a dozen Flint Hills ranches will be competing for event and overall championship recognition,” Wilson pointed out.

There will be  kids’ calf scrambles divided into age divisions, with signed parental releases required before participating, during the rodeo intermission.

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The Paddy Creek Ranch team from Wilsey will be one of a dozen Flint Hills ranch four-member cowboy teams competing at the 28th annual Fall Ranch Rodeo, Sunday, Oct. 5, sponsored by the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association, at the arena east of Council Grove.

Again an added attraction for the day is a Junior Ranch Rodeo Sunday at 10 o’clock. “Entries are still open for this unique action for three-member ranch teams of cowboys and cowgirls, 13 years of age and under,” Wilson explained.

Team penning, ribbon roping and calf branding competitions are planned for the junior ranch rodeo, with teams typically being formed up until a few minutes before show time, Wilson noted.

To provide for a full family day of rodeo activities, the host Morris County Youth Rodeo Association will again offer complete concessions with meals, drinks and homemade lunch offerings.

Information about the full rodeo day’s activities is available from Wilson at 785-466-1359, www.mrcoyra.com, and Facebook.