Bar U Ranch Rodeo going ahead
Flood 2013: National historic site recovering from flood
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 06:00 am
A little water won’t stop a good cowboy from getting the job done.
The Bar U Ranch national historic site south of Longview on Highway 22 is going ahead with its popular Ranch Rodeo this weekend even though the site was damaged in June’s flood. The annual event will be held Aug. 11 starting at 1 p.m.
The ranch rodeo is the Bar U’s biggest event of the year and site manager Mike McLean said it was important it proceed.
“It’s very important to be able to hold this event, we were going to make sure it was going to happen one way or the other,” he said.
The Ranch Rodeo is a whole different side of the sport. The events are closer to the everyday jobs and activities done on working ranches, rather than events on the professional rodeo circuit. No one is expected to seat up on a bull or bucking bronc. The ranch rodeo features five events: wild cow milking, doctoring, team branding, team sorting and a broke pony race.
The Bar U is continuing to clean up in preparation for the rodeo after Pekisko Creek, which runs through the property, flooded its banks.
“It’s a reflection of what’s happening in our whole community,” said McLean. “We keep making baby steps forward all the time.”
The south portion of the site has been open for several weeks now, but clean up and repairs are still underway on the north side of the site, where the Bar U’s rodeo arena is located.
McLean said they still need to replace some equipment and finish landscaping, but the work will be finished by the time the ranch rodeo kicks off.
“We’re very excited that we were able to continue to operate after this and continue to offer all the great events and fun the Bar U offers the community,” he said.