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Rodeo returns to Westmoreland Fair

Dan Speicher
| Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Nathan Ayers, 25, of Millmont, Pa, walks through the corral, while sorting out the bulls and broncos, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Nathan Ayers, 25, of Millmont, Pa, walks through the corral, while sorting out the bulls and broncos, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Emily McCray, 17, of Buffalo, NY, warms up for her trick riding, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Emily McCray, 17, of Buffalo, NY, warms up for her trick riding, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
William Weber, 9, of Millmont, sits on the corral fence, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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William Weber, 9, of Millmont, sits on the corral fence, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Rodeo clown Rusty McCray, of Kissimmee, FL, prepares his costume, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Rodeo clown Rusty McCray, of Kissimmee, FL, prepares his costume, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Dylan Miller (left), 20, of New Florence, prepares his rope handle for bronco riding, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Dylan Miller (left), 20, of New Florence, prepares his rope handle for bronco riding, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Brad Truesdail, 37, of Wattsburgh, works resin into his bronco saddle and chaps for extra grip, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Brad Truesdail, 37, of Wattsburgh, works resin into his bronco saddle and chaps for extra grip, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Aubrie Loughner (left), 13, and Erin Kaufman, 20, both of New Alexandria, chat on their horses before the start  the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Aubrie Loughner (left), 13, and Erin Kaufman, 20, both of New Alexandria, chat on their horses before the start the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Terry Trout, of Ruffsdale, waits for his wife and step daughter to run in the barrel races, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Terry Trout, of Ruffsdale, waits for his wife and step daughter to run in the barrel races, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Chris Tejero, 26, of Cancun Mexico, watches over the bulls before riding his trick roping routine, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Chris Tejero, 26, of Cancun Mexico, watches over the bulls before riding his trick roping routine, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Brayden Zrowka (left), 4, and William Weber, 9, both of MIllmont, hang out on the fence, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Brayden Zrowka (left), 4, and William Weber, 9, both of MIllmont, hang out on the fence, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Kerri Malloy, of Kecksburg, carries the flag for the National Anthem, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Kerri Malloy, of Kecksburg, carries the flag for the National Anthem, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Shawn Hamburger, of Lockhaven, bows his head in prayer, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Shawn Hamburger, of Lockhaven, bows his head in prayer, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
A cowboy covers his heart with his hat, as Kerri Malloy, 31, of Kecksburg canters around the ring with the flag, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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A cowboy covers his heart with his hat, as Kerri Malloy, 31, of Kecksburg canters around the ring with the flag, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Rodeo clown Rusty McCray, of Kissimmee, FL, prepares for the start of the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Rodeo clown Rusty McCray, of Kissimmee, FL, prepares for the start of the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Tools of the trade including helmets and protective vests, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Tools of the trade including helmets and protective vests, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
William Weber, 9, of Millmont, sits on the corral fence, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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William Weber, 9, of Millmont, sits on the corral fence, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Chris Tejero, of Cancun, Mexico, rides a bull, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Chris Tejero, of Cancun, Mexico, rides a bull, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Tyler Laughbear rides a bucking bronco, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Tyler Laughbear rides a bucking bronco, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Dakota Tempest hangs on to his horse, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Dakota Tempest hangs on to his horse, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Tyler Laughbear rides a bucking bronco, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Tyler Laughbear rides a bucking bronco, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Emily McCray, 17, of Buffalo, NY, shows off for the crowd, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Emily McCray, 17, of Buffalo, NY, shows off for the crowd, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Emily McCray, 17, of Buffalo, NY, shows off for the crowd, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Emily McCray, 17, of Buffalo, NY, shows off for the crowd, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
JC Tennant, of Waynesburg, hangs on at the start of his bull ride, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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JC Tennant, of Waynesburg, hangs on at the start of his bull ride, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
JC Tennant, of Waynesburg, hangs on at the start of his bull ride, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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JC Tennant, of Waynesburg, hangs on at the start of his bull ride, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Alex Little competes in the barrel races during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Alex Little competes in the barrel races during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Dakota Tempest sits on the fence watching as riders prepare for their moment, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Dakota Tempest sits on the fence watching as riders prepare for their moment, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
John Leinaweaver comes out of the gate as his bull tries to toss him, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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John Leinaweaver comes out of the gate as his bull tries to toss him, during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
The bucking broncos are paraded into the ring one last time, at the end of the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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The bucking broncos are paraded into the ring one last time, at the end of the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
As the night ends, J.C. Tennant, of Wayenesburg cleans up his gear during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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As the night ends, J.C. Tennant, of Wayenesburg cleans up his gear during the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Brandon McDowel, 20, of Hopwood makes his way to his car at the end of the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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Brandon McDowel, 20, of Hopwood makes his way to his car at the end of the Rafter Z Rodeo at the Westmoreland Fair, in Mt. Pleasant Twp., on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

After a short hiatus, the rodeo returns during the annual Westmoreland Fair, at the fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township.

The Rafter Z Rodeo included a children's rodeo, bull riding, saddled and bareback bronc riding, and other activities that brought cheers from the crowd.

Chris Tejero, 26, of Cancun Mexico started off riding bulls and performing trick roping as a child. After a bull riding injury a few years ago that left Tejero with a broken tibia and fibula, he is sticking with being part of the entertainment rather than the show.

“There is a mental thing that happens after a big accident” Tejero said. “It takes some hard work in your mind to get back in.”

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