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'Hottest Rodeo' Bucks into Eureka This Weekend

Eureka Fire Protection District representatives will present what often is deemed the Hottest Rodeo of the Year Friday and Saturday nights.

The 20th annual Backdraft Rodeo once again will be held at Lions Park in Eureka at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. 

The first Backdraft Rodeo was held Oct. 13, 1993, and has been a community event ever since, said Scott Barthelmass, Eureka Fire Protection District spokesperson.

See Eureka-Wildwood Patch coverage last year's rodeo:  2011 Backdraft Rodeo Packs Fans

The two shows last about 3 hours each, according to the organizers. "From the kids actually chasing a calf for a cash prize and the barrel racing to the ultimate cowboy challenge of bull riding, it's good family fun and excitement," said Barthelmass. 

All competitors are actual cowboys and cowgirls making the rodeo circuit and competing for cash prizes and recognition. The Backdraft Rodeo is a Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA) and American Rodeo Cowboy Association (ARCA) sanctioned rodeo. The Fellowship of Eureka Firefighters is working with Columbia, MO-based Outlaw Rodeo Productions, the top rodeo production company in the Midwest.

This rodeo benefits the Eureka Firefighters' Association, the charitable foundation of the Eureka Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics.

Lorraine Bannister Jennemann October 03, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I hope this year they can control the crowds better. When they had the children chasing the calf, I am surprised no one got injured or worse. Not enough seating either. People were sitting on the ground right by the fences where horses and bulls were running within a couple feet of them. Parents should of had more sense than that.

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