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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Strawberry Days Rodeo

Date Info: 
Rodeo 
Price: $30 for two tickets 
Location: Any small town- we're in Pleasant Grove, UT

While in Utah post Alt Summit, I was joined by Jacob for a weekend of fun dates enjoyed outside in the perfect summer weather. I relished in the time to explore the state I was raised in and take him to some places I knew and loved. One of those places is Pleasant Grove, UT, where many of my junior high friends went to high school. It's a little more rural in those parts, even though they are 15 minutes from where I grew up. Consequently, they have one of the best rodeos in the country, and I somehow never made it to one growing up. So we decided it was time to get our cowboy on and change that! 

We bought tickets in advance, something I'd highly recommend, because they sell out the day of.

We also found a $5 Walmart hat helps you fit in better.

I kind of adored that they advertised it as a great date, with a date meal special ready to go.

 We were lucky enough to double with two of our favorite people on the planet. We were able to steal them away from their twin toddlers for the night and laugh and catch up. They moved to Utah after a grad school stint in AZ, and I've been friends with the husband since high school. She did our wedding flowers, and taught us how to refinish our cabinets. I can't say it enough- we love our Seales and wish we still lived in the same state!

Oh man, being first time rodeo attendees made us sad we didn't jump on these sooner, they are so much fun!

The patriotism of small towns we adore, and it was awesome to see the National Anthem be played and a prayer be said publicly before the event.

It was also amazing to see the many events! I couldn't get over the variety and excitement of each event. It started with bareback riding where it's timing how long a rider can stay on the horse.

We watched team cattle roping.

And cattle wresting (and apologies to my PETA friends for posting these pics).

The surprise favorite event- wild cow milking. You read that right. A wild cow is released, and a team has to catch them, hold them, and milk a certain amount of them. The first team to finish wins the event. This may be one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life!

 Learning about the "8 Second Rule" made that Luke Perry movie title make so much more sense.

Man it was exciting to watch and count each suspenseful second for each participant. 

Of course there was the rodeo clown show, which I didn't have much expectations towards. It really was hilarious and this is probably the best trained horse with the most amount of tricks you can you imagine.

And then it was back to the events- including single cattle roping.

And barrel racing- which took place just feet away from us.

We were all smiles people watching and eavesdropping on conversations. We live very different lives than the folks in Pleasant Grove, and it was truly fun to hear a different way of speaking/living/interacting with others.

The rodeo was enough, but watching fireworks in 70 degree weather when it's 100 degrees at night back at home, was the perfect ending to what I think may be the perfect summer date.

30 comments:

  1. I've never been to a rodeo but I'd love to. It seems so exotic and interesting!

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    1. This was my first- and I felt that way for sure!

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  2. Lived in TX my whole life and never been to a rodeo!

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  3. Looks like fun! I've never been to a rodeo. It's on my to-do list!

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  4. so fun! i love that you guys dressed the part...this date idea is great :)

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    1. Thank you- dressing up was definitely fun!

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  5. I love rodeos! My brother is actually a saddle bronc rider in rodeos all over the US :) You might have seen him there :)

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    1. How cool is that?! We probably did see him, lots of big names there that night!

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  6. I've never been to a rodeo but it looks interesting. Wild cow milking... haha

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  7. i've never been to a rodeo, but this looks like a ton of fun!

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  8. I haven't been to a rodeo, but I love horses! I hope they were treated well after all the rangling!

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  9. It said my comment posted when I wasn't finished hahah so I'll do it again because I don't see it above.. but yay for $5 Walmart hats!! This looks super fun!

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  10. I have so much fun every time I go to a rodeo! they are so much fun! (and can i say that your dress is adorable? )

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  11. It looks like you had such a blast!!!

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  12. Looks like y'all had a great time, I've never been to rodeo always wanted to go some how never managed when I lived in Calgary where they have lots of rodeo :-)

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  13. I love the rodeo!! I can't wait to go again soon. I saw the Eli Young Band the last I went! :)

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  14. I'm not a fan of rodeos but glad that you had a great time. I do however love fireworks. Fun!

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  15. rodeos are so much fun!! I don't think I could be Texan if I didn't think so!

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  16. m brother in law loves rodeos, he's from Texas but I've never been to one.

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  17. I'd like to go to the rodeo!

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  18. I have never gone to a rodeo, but this looks like so much fun! I love your apology to PETA. LOL!

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  19. Never been to one before but looks great but don't think the uk does any

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  20. Honestly I had never even thought about going to a rodeo - I'm in the UK for one, but it looks like a great day out! Love the fireworks too :)

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  21. You guys look so cute together. I've never been to a rodeo but they always look like fun.

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  22. I miss Utah for the rodeos. And for having July 24th off.

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  23. I'm super jealous of this, just FYI

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