More than a thousand people milled around the Crawford County Fairgrounds Thursday night, waiting for the rodeo to get underway.

More than a thousand people milled around the Crawford County Fairgrounds Thursday night, waiting for the rodeo to get underway.
Matt Williams, owner of the Williams and Long Rodeo Company, said the second night of the rodeo boasted seven activities, from bareback riding to steer wrestling and bull riding.
“It should be a good performance,” Williams said. “The crowd has been great. Last night was a large crowd, and they say that they usually average somewhere around 1,400 people.”
Matt West, Crawford County Fair Board member, said this year’s crowds were bigger than they had been the past few years. He estimated about 1,500 people attended the first night of the rodeo on Wednesday.
“It’s just a great county celebration,” Williams said. “If you give them a quality show, the crowds will come back every year.”
The crowd showed up in other areas as well, like in line for the Crawford County 4-H Clubs Ice Cream Stand. Profits from the ice cream stand go to Crawford County 4-H clubs, with each of the county’s nine clubs working a six-hour shift to receive a share of the money.
Thursday night, tables near the stand were packed with people enjoying the four flavors of the homemade ice cream — peach, pineapple, chocolate and vanilla.
“Behind the barbecue we held Sunday night, this is the second biggest fundraiser that we have here,” said Ann Egbert, a club leader with the Happy Hustlers 4-H club of McCune. “It helps us to raise money for our activities and for our banquet.”
Egbert said the kids also enjoyed the experience of working at the stand, from taking money to scooping the ice cream.
“It’s a great learning experience for them,” Egbert said. “They get to practice serving and working. They get to be responsible.”
Responsibility was also key for the 4-H’ers scheduled to show their animals Thursday.
Mandy Simons, a 15-year-old member of the Walnut Wonder Workers, showed her goat in the Over One Year Breeding category, taking second in her class.
“It’s kind of hard in the beginning,” Simons said. “They don’t like to be on this, or any other, leash. But it gets easier once you work with them a lot.”
A lot, according to Simons, means spending an hour-and-a-half per day working with the goat, getting it acclimated to following commands and movements.
“You want for it to walk and cooperate with you in the ring,” Simons said.
So far, the crowds have been cooperative, West said.
“There have been some great crowds thus far,” West said. “With two days left, I would encourage everybody who hasn’t been out here to come out and enjoy themselves.”

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134

Schedule of events
8 a.m. — 4H beef followed by open class beef at Lawrence Murphy Show Arena
8 a.m. — Open class horses at horse arena
1:30 p.m. — 4H livestock judging at Lawrence Murphy Show Arena.
2 p.m. — Kiddie tractor pull at Farm Bureau Building.
5 p.m. — 4H bucket calf at Lawrence Murphy Show arena.
Dusk — Kiddie tractor pull at Farm Bureau Building.
6 p.m. — KKOW/ Colgate Country at music stage.
Music at Music Stage — Showdown Regional Competition.
7 p.m. — Tuff  Trucks at grandstand.