People looking for a little zany fun and entertainment during Vernal’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo need look no further than the Wild West Events. They can even take part themselves, said Greg Witbeck, president of the rodeo committee.
Three-person teams can enter at $100 each for any of three events: Wild Cow Milking, Hide Racing or Steer Dressing, Witbeck said. The events are winner-take-all.
People can enter up to the day of the events, but Witbeck encourages people to enter as early as possible. Entrants must be 18 years or older and wear jeans, long sleeve shirts and boots.
To enter, call Witbeck at 435-790-5753.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” Witbeck said
Steer dressing, Thursday:
Steer dressing is essentially just what it sounds like, Witbeck said. A three-man team takes part. One person throws the steer down, another takes giant underpants and tries to pull the underwear up over the steer’s tail. The steer then runs across a finish line. The fastest team wins.
Hide racing, Friday:
Cow Hide Racing is a two-member sport. One rider rides a horse down the arena around a barrel, dragging a piece of cow hide behind it on a rope. The other member jumps on the cow hide and holds on to the rope “for dear life,” Witbeck said.
The horse then runs back to the end of the arena and the fastest time wins.
Wild cow milking, Saturday:
In this sport, a three-person team tries to hold a wild cow still while one member milks her. When the team has enough milk in the bottle, they show the judge. The fastest team wins.
“That is really a crowd pleaser,” Witbeck said.