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Saddle up for Riverside Rodeo

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It’s time for the stampede of hooves at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road once again.

The Riverside Rodeo, presented by Diamond S Rodeos, will be held Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m., said organizer Ben Snipes.

The rodeo is held at the arena at his farm at 1504 Caskey Lane, just off Riverside Road outside Lancaster.

Events include bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing.

Pony rides will be offered for children. There will also be cattle dog demonstrations, with herding dogs showing off their skills.

“People seemed to enjoy that last time, so we’re doing it again,” Snipes said.

Food vendors will be serving up fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers, blooming onions and ice cream.

“Plenty to eat,” Snipes said.

The fun is expected to wind down each night between 11 and 11:30 p.m.

This is the fourth rodeo Snipes has held at his farm, where he raises horses, mules and cattle. Snipes said it’s a lot of work, but worth it.

“I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s good, clean, fun family entertainment. It’s something you can bring your children or your grandma to.”

Snipes expects 1,500 to 2,000 people each night to come out, if the weather’s good. With so much rainy weather lately, and with two past rodeos dampened by lightning and rain, Snipes is hoping for a little divine intervention.

“I’ve had a lot of prayers,” he said, with a laugh. “And I’ve looked at my (farmer’s) almanac.”

Admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 get in free.

For details, go to www.riversiderodeo.com or call Snipes at 289-7821.