Rodeo kick starts Fair

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Roping is Ty Arnold’s passion.

And on Saturday, the 15-year-old Madisonville High School freshman displayed his skills for his hometown to see as he and Doug Burdette won the county team-roping event at the Madison County Fair Association Rodeo at the MCFA Arena.

“It feels great to win in front of the hometown crowd,” Arnold said. “This is a great way to start the Fair.”

The county team-roping was just one of the events that occurred during the two-day rodeo, which took place Friday and Saturday. Though Arnold is not old enough to drive, he has been roping cattle since he was two-years-old.

“(Roping) is all I do,” he said. “I love it.”

North Zulch High School senior Patrick Mack also was in attendance at the rodeo Saturday night, and he enjoyed the festivities of the event.

“(The rodeo) is my favorite event at the Fair,” Mack said. “I get to see all my friends, including some of my old friends who I haven’t seen in a while, and I get to make some new friends.”

Although Mack didn’t participate in the MCFA Rodeo last weekend, he competes in steer wrestling. Mack said his next competition will take place next month in Bedias at the C3 Ranch.

In addition to the competition, there was something for all in attendance at the rodeo. There was a stand with plenty of memorabilia for sale such as posters, inflatable toys, etc., and a concession stand.

Mutton Busting took place on Friday for children ages 4-6 as well as the first night of competition for bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and team roping. The candidates for Fair Queen also were in attendance on Friday and Saturday.

The competition concluded Saturday night.

Winners of the competition include Jack Kitaif of Tyler Town, Miss. (bareback riding), Andrea Herrin of San Antonio (barrel racing), Amanda Arnold of Stephenville (breakaway roping), Trey Benton of Rock Island (bull riding), Justus Whitcher of Malakoff (calf roping), Bobby King of Bremond (saddle bronc), Beau Clark of Van (steer wrestling), and Tommy Edens of Gateville and Justin Hendrick of Rosenberg teamed up to win the team roping. Justin Davis and Cole Davison, both of Madisonville, took second in team roping.

Neither Davis nor Davison were available for comment as they were believed to have travelled to George West to compete in a rodeo there.

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