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Douglas Wyoming State Fair: Mutton Bustin’ and the New Rodeo Queen

Posted in Rodeo by leahyetter on August 26, 2010

This nice gentleman never misses a rodeo. He and his buddies had a front row seat to the event and we enjoyed visiting with him before the gates opened and the cowboys went airborne.

Mutton Bustin’ was hilarious and so cute. Do not be concerned, sheep were not  harmed in this event but there was some dirt eating on the kids part. The rodeo clown took good care of them and grabbed then by their vest if it got too intense.

This next contestant got the wooliest sheep in the herd. It was supposed to help him but…

…then came the crash. He literally ate dirt.

A few tears were shed but at the end, these up and coming bronco riders got a kiss from and posed for the cameras with the Rodeo Queen contestants.

And the winner is….Brittany Richards! Formerly Miss Butch Cassidy Days.

I don’t know much about Miss Rodeo Wyoming but I do know that they receive a big Dodge Ram from Fremont Motors in Rock Springs.

Take some Ibuprofen and put on some padding because the bull riders are up next.

Fresh Veggies, Bucking Broncs, and Rodeo Queens

Posted in Local by leahyetter on August 23, 2010

Every Saturday for the past month or so at Pocket Park in Downtown Wheatland, local growers have hosted a Farmers Market.  We enjoyed some yummy squash and zucchini last week and this past Saturday morning I made it in time to get a couple of ears of corn too. There is a young man who is growing corn to raise money for his college fund so next week I plan on buying a couple dozen to freeze for the winter.

I’ve also enjoyed some herbs from a sweet lady that offered me a taste of fried  sage this week. She fried the sage leaves in olive oil with a little salt and pepper and boy was it tasty! Her sage bundles were all bought up before I got to her table so I grabbed the last bag of rosemary and hope to get some sage next week.

There was a young woman there who is a missionary with her family in Honduras. She’s in Wheatland caring for her grandmother for the summer and brought these lovely treasures that she and her siblings have crafted. They are vases and small pots made of pine needles and wrapped with colored thread. There’s even napkin holders and heart-shaped trivets.

She roasted coffee beans from Honduras and had a few bags to sell. Of course I bought the beans because I am a coffee fanatic.

I didn’t buy much but it’s a weeks worth of vegetables for the 2 of us.  Squash, zucchini, corn, rosemary, and coffee. The corn is already gone, it was a test drive to see if it was as tasty as it looked, and the vegetables will be steamed every night this week.


Saturday night, Patrick took me to the State Fair in Douglas for my first ever rodeo. It was so exciting!  Those cowboys that ride the bucking horses and bulls are certainly brave and a little crazy I must add. I’ll write and show you  pictures soon as I’m now sorting through all the wrecks that make my fanny a little sore just looking at them.

And stay tuned to find out which one of these lovely ladies was crowned Rodeo Queen 2011.  I know you are on the edge of your seat but be patient, I will announce the winner soon.