2nd Annual Rodeo excitement returns to Mint Hill with plenty of action

Mint Hill Rodeo Opening Ceremony. (Ed Berti)
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This past weekend the South Carolina High School Rodeo Association returned to Mint Hill to compete in the Mini Mac Storage Rodeo Arena with additional stadium seating based on last years overflow crowds.

Cowgirl Flag holders prior to opening ceremony. (Ed Berti)

The opening night on Friday April 20th was filled with anticipation and excitement.  The cool weather did not dampen the crowd size or their enthusiasm.  The different events were all competitive and entertaining.

After the patriotic entrance and national anthem the program jumped right into bareback/saddle bronc riding, clown act, tie down, breakaway, steer wrestling, barrel racing, calf scramble, candy scramble for juniors, pole bending, team roping, goat tying, and bull riding competition.

Barrel Racing event. (Ed Berti)

Also, featured competitor Mikayla Joh Almond, 2017 Cowgirl World Pole Bending Champion entertained the crowd with an outstanding performance in the arena to warm up the cold night after the intermission.  Other notable rodeo standouts include Bailey Kuntz, 2017  World Breakaway 8th Place, and Gracie Griffin, 2017 World Short Round Qualifier Goat Tying competition.  While on Saturday the juniors ages 6-12 had a fun time enjoying the the various events and festivities with family and friends.

A Roping Cowboy Contestant. (Ed Berti)

For over 40 years, the South Carolina Rodeo Association has been in existence to make available to students the sport of rodeo throughout the State of South Carolina.  The students are supervised and coached by adults who are knowledgeable and interested in providing an opportunity for students to participate in rodeo which is a non-traditional action sport.  Annually, the top four contestants in each event are eligible to represent the state at the National Rodeo Finals at the high school and junior levels.

A Cowboy. (Ed Berti)

The Gold Star Sponsor of the Mint Hill Rodeo was Griffin Masonry.  The Silver Star Sponsors include Liberty Buick GMC Trucks, Mount Airy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Showmars, other sponsors include Novant Health, Griffin Oil, J.O. Flowe Grading, Blue Dot Readi-Mix, Mint Hill Dentistry and a host of local area business who were all mentioned in the events brochure.

Two Cowgirls. (Ed Berti)

The Mint Hill Historical Society has played a key role in reaching out, attracting, bringing and coordinating the annual rodeo event in our community.  The organization operates the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village and hosts the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market, as well as numerous events including the Christmas Teas, a Christmas Gift Shop, Discover Mint Hill, and much more.

The Rodeo Clown. (Ed Berti)

This is a great family event for both adults and kids of all ages.  The contestants give it their all, the clown, cowboys, cowgirls, workers, sponsors and all involved in the show do a fantastic job to bring us this fun filled action thrilling non-traditional sporting event to Mint Hill.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran’s affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
Ed can be reached at ed@minthilltimes.com, eberti7777@gmail.com and linkedin.com.