Rodeo roars into MC arena


The 18th annual Madison County Fair Association rodeo was a success by all accounts, as the bleachers were packed and attendees appeared to enjoy the entertainment.

Despite heavy rains the week prior, the uncovered arena was deemed safe for participants and animals.

Mike Dutton, a member of the MCFA board of directors who helps organize the rodeo, said he was pleased with the turnout.

“Everything went really well,” Dutton said Monday. “The rain held off on Friday night, which was a blessing. Saturday got a little breezy and cooler, but it was still a great rodeo.”

Dutton noted that there were a couple of “close calls” with a flag carrier on Friday and a bull rider on Saturday, but both were treated by emergency medical technicians and are doing fine.

“The community support that we received was awesome and we want to thank everyone for coming out to enjoy a great rodeo weekend with us. I am thankful that the committee does so much to help ensure the success of our rodeo. It’s a team effort, and I’m honored to be just one member of such an amazing team.”

Dutton sang the National Anthem at Saturday night’s event and introduced Fair Queen candidates Kate Coleman of Madisonville and Kiera Cosby of North Zulch. Madison County Fair Queen Camryn Frederick, a MHS junior, was not able to attend Saturday’s event due to a commitment with the Houston Fair and Livestock Show.

Fair activities continue through Saturday. For a complete listing of events, visit