Rodeo Rides Through Pine City
Crowds packed the stands at Heidelberger Equipment in Pine City this Labor Day weekend to watch cowboys put in some serious work. For the third straight year, Pine City hosted the PRCA Championship Rodeo. Dale Heidelberger says this is an event that continues to grow in popularity.
Heidelberger helps coordinate the event with his children and ex-wife. He says, for him, the best part of the event is working side-by-side with his family.
One of the Heidelberger kids who helped make this year a success is Dan Heidelberger. Not only did he help keep the show running smooth, but also competed in a few of the rodeo events. He says the event gets larger, because it offers a total family experience.
On lookers were treated to events like tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, and of course the bull riding competition. Gabe Gwaltney of Edgar Springs, Missouri won the Team Roping Competition. He says he loves coming to Pine City because of how the fans appreciate the sport.
All competitors wore pink shirts, part of the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, to raise breast cancer awareness. A portion of the money raised went to breast cancer research.
Plans are in place for a fourth year next labor day weekend. Event organizers say it may change to a three day event.