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Bell County PRCA Rodeo Puts On Preview Show for Students

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Break out yer boots and shine yer spurs, the rodeo's back in central Texas. But before the Bell County PRCA rodeo hits town Thursday, local kids got to see what all the excitement is about.

Cotillo White and Nadjia Roberts were in the stands at their first-ever rodeo.

"It wasn't stressful, and the kids had fun, we had fun," said Roberts. "A relaxing day off."

The couple was there with their kids on a field trip.

"The bull was going crazy," 6-year-old Zion said.

There was a lot of bull riding at the Bell County Expo Center Wednesday, made even better by the crowd of mostly kids.

"Just to have a whole building full of that atmosphere, yeah, it's good," said Jamon Turner, a bull rider who lives in Stephenville, Texas.

"When I say, 'Yeah, is anybody having a good time?' you get some people who are like, 'Eh,'" said Justin Rumford, an entertainer with the rodeo. "But the kids always have a great time."

It was an absolutely packed house Wednesday. Rodeo leaders expected as many as 5,000 kids from the area to show up and pack the stands.

When the numbers were tallied, it was closer to 5,500, all cheering on the bull riders, the local barrel racers and team ropers, and the highlight -- Cowboy Kenny's Steel Rodeo, a motorcycle show featuring high-flying jumps.

But a full stadium is a tough goal outside of field trips. The Bell County rodeo has struggled with attendance in the past; some of that's due to weather.

"We've had ice here before and the rodeo keeps going," said Tina Butler, the rodeo's chairman. "It's not going to cancel for any reason," even with cold air bearing down on central Texas.

"The weather's good," said Luke Gee, a bull rider from Montana. "It's 20 below in Montana."

But whatever the temperature here, it won't stop some new fans from coming out again.

"Loved it," White said. "Now we'll be back" to see the full show.

The 27th annual Bell County PRCA rodeo kicks off Thursday at the Expo Center and runs through Saturday.

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