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North Washington Rodeo underway until Saturday

| Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003

A large number of marching and other units performed well in the North Washington parade that opened Rodeo Week, unfortunately only a limited number can receive the monetary awards for first and second places determined by the judges.

The Rodeo continues each night, rain or shine, at 8 p.m., through Saturday night.

Both the Senior and the Junior units of the Rimersburg Stars drill team, taking first place in both divisions. The Clarion High Rollers, on skates, took second place for the seniors and the Tempist junior unit, from Knox, placed second in the junior division.

The Meridian Fife and Drum unit was judged first in their division, and the New Castle Police Bag Pipe players placed first in the Novelty/Speciality division, with the Moniteau Youth Cheerleaders judged second. The Renaissance Drum and Baton senior unit, from Penn Hills, took first place in the Drum and Baton judging, with the junior unit taking second place in their division. Eclipse from Greensburg, placed second in the senior division, and the Starlite Xpress, from Franklin placed second in the junior division. Judges were Scott D. Tullio, Bob Brady and Harding Whitacre.

Fire equipment judging by Larry Slagle and Darrel Hilwig, had Petrolia's ambulance judged best, Lick Hill, best brush truck, Parker City, best pumper, Eau Claire, best tanker, Bruin, best rescue unit, Unionville, best of show, Emlenton, judges' choice, and Strattonville, was the perennial winner for traveling the farthest distance to the parade.

Changing stock producers and rodeo sanctions for the North Washington Volunteer Fire Company's 44th annual rodeo appeared to meet with the approval of the first night crowd that was above the usual attendance for a Tuesday night performance.

The fast moving Grand Entry gave a good indication of the action to come and the stock during the evening's event provided much fast action for the cowboys. The rodeo is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association, and the stock is provided by the Rawhide Rodeo Company.

Sanctions by the IRPA per-mits more local and area cow-boys to participate, with a num-ber of men and women participating from Pennsylvania, including Nate Moore of Curls-ville, in the bareback bronc rid-ing, where he scored 63 points, Mindy Stoops of West Sunbury, who posted a score of 17.96 in the girls barrel racing, and Charles Claypoole of Petrolia, who failed to complete the eight second ride of a bull.

The show presented by Amanda Payne, with her One Arm Bandit show between rodeo events, worked with five horses at once. In other between events enterainment, Robbie Hodges of Cave Springs, GA, presented his clown acts.

Top scorers in each event were Corey Evens of Hayannis, NE, 78 points in bareback bronc riding, all four riders failed to score on the tough saddle bronc riding, and Robert Lloyd of Statesville, NC, wrestled his steer to the ground in 6.7 seconds in the steer wrestling event.

Luke Brown of Charlotte, NC, and Stephen Britnell of Cordova, Tenn., won the team roping event, requiring 7.9 seconds to rope their calf for head and feet in 7.9 seconds. The calf roping and tie down was won by Dan Rodeffer of Lewisburg, Ohio, in 17.3 seconds, and Clint Bailey of Keysville, GA, won the bullriding event wih a score of 77 points, just edging Greg Goodliff.

Lori Wilcox of Sodus, MI, toured the cloverleaf course to win the barrel race in 17.48 seconds, edging Cathy Allen of Vandergrift, who covered the course in 17.53 seconds. A big hit with the crowd was seven-year-old Morgan Slater of Karns City, who rode in exhibition, with 25.8 seconds required.

The rodeo continues through Saturday, with the events starting at 8 p.m.

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