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Is it rodeo yet?

I know the Sheridan WYO Rodeo is still weeks away, but I already can’t wait for all of the excitement that surrounds this community’s premier event.

We’ve just sent our rodeo magazine off to print and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Anyone who wants to know about the rodeo or the surrounding events should be able to find what they need in this 120-page magazine.

We’ve been working on stories, design and editing for more than a month now, so needless to say, rodeo is on the brain.

My family (mom, dad and brother), are coming out for the week. They’ll arrive just in time to check out the fireworks at the Big Horn Equestrian Center and leave the Sunday after rodeo. They’ve never been to a rodeo and it reminds me of my first WYO experience.

I was new to town, having just started by job at The Press about six years ago. My editor at the time, Patrick Murphy, told me I’d be covering one of the nights of rodeo performances as well as a rodeo concert. My face probably said it all. I’d be doing what?

I was already in a bit of culture shock, having moved out West from Chicago, but rodeo? Really?

But, I’m game to try just about anything once, so I went home and Googled “rodeo,” hoping to gain some knowledge so I didn’t sound or look like a complete moron.

I’m not sure I accomplished that, but I sure had a blast.

I met a lot of people that week who remain friends of mine and I’m excited for my family to have a similar experience.

We’re going to do everything rodeo that we can — boot kickoff, slack, carnival, street dances, parade, pancake breakfast and everything in between. Plus, we’ll spend two of the four evenings at the fairgrounds taking in all of the action.

It says a lot, I think, that six years ago I was wondering what the heck I got myself into out here. I questioned if I made the right decision to move so far from home and whether or not I’d fit in out here in the Wild West. But now, I can’t wait to show off Sheridan to my folks as they take in the rodeo festivities.

They’ve been to Sheridan before, but we’ve primarily been moving furniture or organizing my wedding. This year, I plan to show them some other Sheridan highlights. We’ll visit The Brinton Museum, check out the KARZ Rod Run, visit Medicine Wheel in the Bighorns, go golfing, wander Main Street, have a few local brews and take in some polo. It is possible, in fact, that the vacation will wear them out a bit with all of the excitement.

About

Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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