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Youth help continue Warsaw rodeo tradition

Senior Grace Drake rides her horse in the Warsaw rodeo. Drake sang the National Anthem the first night and carried flags both nights

   The Warsaw Rodeo has been around for a long time and, while only a few students participated this year, their love of everything rodeo runs deep.

   Many students have their reasons why they participated in the local rodeo.. 

   “It reminds me of being with my grandpa and that’s what we did together,” senior Autum Walton said. Walton helped direct traffic for the event this year with the FFA organization.

 “This year marked the 32nd year of the rodeo. Before, the Shawnee Masonic Lodge took over, the Optimist Club hosted it,” Warsaw Rodeo organizer Eryn Kellner said. 

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   Students have their opinions on why involving youth in rodeos is important.  

   “It gives them the opportunity to learn how to do rodeos and be able to do it better when they’re older,” senior Hunter Collins said.

   A few students have been involved in rodeo for a very long time. Senior Grace Drake helps behind the scenes at the Warsaw event with mutton busting, flag bearing and represents past rodeo royalty. She said the event was a success this year, but would like to see more young people participating.

   “We had very little injuries and many riders, ropers, and wrestlers scored crucial points,” she said. “That there was very little precipitation from youth is sad as someone who grew up doing it.”

   Some students start doing rodeos at a young age. 

   “I started rodeos when I was a very young age. I was probably seven when I actually started participating.” Drake said. 

   “I love our small town rodeo. I have been blessed to meet some amazing people that help work the rodeo, and also promote it and don’t ask for anything in return that are members of the Masonic Lodge. I like how it brings families to town and seeing how all ages enjoy all the events from queen contests to bull riding,” Kellner said.

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Aleanah Yoder
Aleanah Yoder, Staff Writer
This is freshman Aleanah Yoder’s first year on the newspaper staff. She is a writer for The Wildcat Newspaper, and the Wildcat online.  Yoder decided to join the newspaper staff because she enjoys writing and taking pictures. She is involved in basketball and softball. She has 6 siblings, whom she loves very much. She also loves drawing and painting. When she graduates high school she plans to go to college to get a degree in child care.

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