Three local competitors at last week’s NPRA Rodeo in John Day placed in their events, and a new Grant County Fair and Rodeo Queen was announced.
The stands at the fairgrounds were full of fans Saturday as Tucker Wright of Canyon City won steer wrestling in a time of 7.3.
He said it wasn’t his best time, but he was happy with the win and with the good number of family and friends who came out to the rodeo.
“It’s always fun and good when it comes together at home,” he said.
Other locals competing at the event Friday and Saturday were Ty Holly of Mt. Vernon, who placed fourth in tie-down roping with a time of 18.3, and Stephanie Holly of Mt. Vernon, who placed fourth in breakaway with a time of 2.6.
Stephanie was close behind competitors Jennifer Frohman of Yelm, Washington, who placed first with 2.2, Kimberly Williams of North Powder, second with 2.4, and Stevie Rae Willis of Terrebonne, third with 2.5.
Lindsay Wyllie of John Day was the rodeo announcer.
Fair and Rodeo Queen Trinity Hutchison and Princess Courtney Nichols presided at the show, and Nichols was announced as the new queen.
The pair were also among the winners of the cowhide races, with Nichols on horseback, pulling Hutchison behind on a cowhide in the wild and ruckus race.
Fans filled the stands Saturday after a lighter showing Friday, all cheering on the cowboys and cowgirls in all the events.
“I’m excited that people still come out to see this tradition,” said Fair Manager Mindy Winegar. “The crowd was amazing and we had a lot of local contestants. We think it’s a great kickoff to the fair.”
Winegar said she hopes everyone returns Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 15-18, for all types of fun at the 109th Grant County Fair.
“This was a little taste, and we’re looking for everyone to come out to the fair to see Lonestar, Nate Botsford and Britnee Kellogg,” she said.
NPRA Rodeo results
Kyle Bounds, Harrisburg, 80, $533.50
Tyler Beeman, Prineville, 75, $320.10
Zakk Earp, Scio, 71, $213.40
Luke McKay, Juntura, 76, $392.85 (entry 1)
Luke McKay, Juntura, 76, $392.85 (entry 2)
Christian Stremler, Winnemucca, 76, $392.85
Tucker Hill, Klamath Falls, 72, $130.95
Novice Saddle Bronc
Dylan Sigman, Prineville, 71, $155.20
Tie Down Roping
Garrett Robinson, Heppner, 12.2, $407.40
Trey Recanzone, Burns, 12.2, 407.40
Tim Messner II, Terrebonne, 12.5, $232.80
Ty Holly, Mt. Vernon, 18.3, $116.40
Tucker Wright, Canyon City, 7.3, $291.00
Bryce Harrison, Condon, 8.4, $174.60
Jayce Garthwaite, Powell Butte, 15.5, $116.40
Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, 5.5, $552.90
Brent Falon, Yakima, Washington, 5.5, $552.90
Zach Raley, Brush Prairie, Washington, 7.2, $414.68
Jake Raley, Brush Prairie, Washington, 7.2, $414.68
Tyler Kaess, Jasper, 7.4, $276.45
Steen Schumacher, Lebanon, 7.4, $276.45
Austin Woods, Molalla, 8.10, $138.23
Paul Brashears, Casa Grande, Arizona, 8.10, $138.23
Jennifer Frohman, Yelm, Washington, 2.2, $640.20
Kimberly Williams, North Powder, 2.4, $480.15
Stevie Rae Willis, Terrebonne, 2.5, $320.10
Stephanie Holly, Mt. Vernon, 2.6, $160.05
Stevie Rae Willis, Terrebonne, 17.95, $611.10
Bekkie Bowerman, Madras, 18.15, $458.33
Taylor Hammack, Burns, 18.2, $305.55
Katy Kafka, Burns, 18.22, $152.78