Cowboys were riding, dust was flying, and broncos were bucking at the Rigby Rodeo on June 22.
As part of the annual Stampede Days celebration, crowds poured into the Rigby Rodeo Grounds arena to cheer on cowboys and cowgirls as they competed in events such as bareback horse riding, calf roping, barrel races, bull riding, and others.
After 74 years of holding the rodeo, Rigby residents see it as an important and long-standing tradition.
Steve Cook, City of Rigby Park and Rodeo Director, explained how the Rigby rodeo began. “The farmers just got together and they were competing, saying, ‘My horse can outrun your horse, and my help can out-rope yours.’ And it grew. At that time it was under the direction of the LDS church and then it came here to Rigby.”
We spoke with Anthony Corgatelli, a bull rider from Rigby, who shared with us his reasons for participating in rodeo: “Winning the money definitely is awesome, but travelling and seeing new people is what I really, really enjoy. It’s a passion. It’s a way of life. When you grow doing it, and you dream of being a world champion cowboy, that’s what keeps you going. That’s just how it is.”
The community, including a few BYU-Idaho students, welcomes everyone to come to the rodeo each June and join them for good, clean, family fun.: “No for real. Just come out! It’s fun,” says healthcare administration major Megan Olavson. “It’s a good time to have great concession food,” adds nursing major Erica Barrus. “It’s good.”