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Rain unable to wash away the spirit of rodeo

Chris Chandler, complete with his handle bar mustache and goatee, trys his hand at wresting a steer at the annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 20 at Duke Arena. He is assisted with his efforts by Stephanie Stewart.Approximately 700 participants made their trek in the rain to attend the 11th annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, September 20 at the Duke Arena on CR 3285 in Franklin County.

Those attending the event were given a chance to try their luck at dummy calf roping, stick horse races,  barrel-bull riding, and horse back rides. “This year’s event was awesome,” said coordinator Barbara Crowston. “What a blessing it was to see all the participants and the volunteers come out despite the weather to make this year’s event a success,” she added. Chris Chandler, complete with his handle bar mustache and goatee, trys his hand at wresting a steer at the annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, September 20 at Duke Arena. He is assisted with his efforts by Stephanie Stewart. See the September 26 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for the rest of this story.