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Labor Day rodeo set to resume
Sept. 3-4 event to feature wild horse racing and mutton busting

WILLIAMS - Williams has a long history of hosting rodeo events. But, since 2009, bronc busting and bull riding has been absent from the Williams Rodeo Grounds over Labor Day. This year rodeo returns to Williams Sept. 3-4 thanks to rodeo producers Scott McDaniel and Terri Beeson.

Beeson said open, non-sanctioned rodeos attract both professional and local contestants. Because of Williams' location just off Interstate 40, Beeson said she expects to draw a solid field of competitors.

"With so many rodeos in the area over Labor Day, cowboys will be looking to enter our rodeo to win some gas money," Beeson said. "It will be an open rodeo, open to the world and we are doing 100 percent payback. It's going to be two hours of guaranteed non-stop rodeo action."

Plans have already been made to kick the rodeo off with mutton-busting, a sheep riding competition for the rodeo's youngest competitors, and pee-wee barrel racing.

"That's 8-years-old and under and the mutton-busting is six and under," Beeson said.

Barrel racing, breakaway, roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, bareback riding and wild horse racing are all on tap for the rest of the weekend. Beeson said bull riding is always a highlight of the rodeo.

Food vendors will be on hand during the event offering up Indian fry bread, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos and ice cream as well as a variety of cold beverages.

"All the good stuff," Beeson said.

To help sponsor the Williams Labor Day Rodeo, please contact Terri Beeson at (928) 635- 4305 or (928) 713-9651.

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