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Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair starts this weekend
by Nicole Klauss / nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Exhibits featuring live animals, vegetables, desserts, quilts and other handmade items will be displayed in the exhibit hall at the Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo this weekend. (Nicole Klauss photo)
Exhibits featuring live animals, vegetables, desserts, quilts and other handmade items will be displayed in the exhibit hall at the Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo this weekend. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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Johnny Walker rides a horse on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Kodiak Fairgrounds,the location of the the annual Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. Walker helped popularize the mounted shooting rodeo event that will be held for the first time this year. (Nicole Klauss photo)
Johnny Walker rides a horse on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Kodiak Fairgrounds,the location of the the annual Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. Walker helped popularize the mounted shooting rodeo event that will be held for the first time this year. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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The cowboy mounted shooting event is the newest addition to the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair, which takes place this Labor Day weekend.

Susan Killary, KRSF president, said the sport has become popular to include rodeos. Kodiak Baptist Mission gave residents a taste of the sport last Friday as competitors rode horses in a pattern while shooting balloons with blanks.

“It’s an upcoming sport in the rodeo world,” Killary said. “It’s the first time in the Kodiak Rodeo. It’s fast and loud.”

Killary suggests bringing earplugs. The KRSF staff will supply a few hundred earplugs for attendees but won’t have enough for everyone.

The Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair gates open at noon Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $11 for an adult day pass, $6 for youths and seniors 60 years or older, and free for kids five and younger. Family passes can be purchased for $35 for up to four members of the same family.

The rodeo is the biggest draw for visitors to Kodiak’s fair. Rodeo events begin at 3 p.m. both days.

“We’re also going to have traditional rodeo events,” Killary said.

In addition to the cowboy mounted shooting, there will be calf roping, team roping, pole bending, adult wild cow milking and bull riding.

Rodeo events for kids include a boot race, calf scramble, three-legged race and an egg toss.

Organizers started planning for the rodeo and fair about two months ago. Killary said the biggest challenge organizers will face is the weather, which can affect attendance.

“It always rains one day of the event at least,” Killary said. “It wouldn’t be the same without rain.”

Kids fair events on both days include a scavenger hunt, pony rides, gunny sack races, face painting, cookie stacking and a petting zoo.

Kodiak 4-H will hold its annual produce and livestock contest, and all items will be on display during the fair. Exhibitors can bring their wares to the fairgrounds between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday to be judged Friday night.

The Cupcake Wars contest enters its third year. Entrants can drop cupcakes off between 11 a.m. and noon Saturday. There is a $5 entry fee, and all cupcakes will be sold at a silent auction from 2-4 p.m.

DJ Marc Ignacio with Island Style Entertainment will provide music throughout the weekend.

For more information, see the full Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair schedule in today’s Daily Mirror on page 3.

Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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