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(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

The fall high school rodeo season is in full swing with three already in the bag and two more left to round out the fall season.

The next scheduled rodeo is our annual hometown rodeo at the Artesia Horse Council Arena Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. Rodeo action starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, with church services immediately following, then resumes at 8 a.m. Sunday. There will also be an open team roping at 7 p.m. Saturday in the indoor arena.

The annual rodeo means a very busy week for the Artesia High School rodeo team. Work starts the week before the rodeo, cleaning the fairgrounds, oiling gates, cleaning water troughs, sweeping the stands, and putting out trashcans. This team does an amazing job getting ready for this rodeo every year. With this veteran team, they know the ropes and expectations during their hometown rodeo. Not only do they show up and work, but they go above and beyond, and have pride in the work that they do.

Following working during the week cleaning, the AHS rodeo team will put on an exhibition rodeo for all fourth-graders in the district at 9a.m. Friday, Oct. 7. During this exhibition rodeo, AHS team members show off their talents in the arena and then talk with the elementary students for questions and answers. It’s a great time watching these fine athletes give back to their community.

The team will then travel to Henry’s BBQ Friday night to wait tables for tips to raise travel money for the remainder of the fall season and beginning of the spring season. All drinks are free Friday night, and for out-of-town contestants, a free dessert is available with their back number. For the fourth-graders who attended the exhibition rodeo, free dessert or root beer float will be available with their autographed picture.

Between 6 and 7 p.m., there will be free root beer floats for the public with the AHS rodeo team on the patio. Thank you, Henry’s BBQ, for your generosity and continued support of AHS rodeo!

Please come out and support these fine athletes and students Friday night at Henry’s, get to know them, and then come out to the fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday to watch them in rodeo action. You won’t be disappointed!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Kerrie Pitts is the AHS rodeo coach.)