When we got there, there were SO MANY PETA REPRESENTATIVES! I never really considered a rodeo as being cruel because I know they are such a treasured tradition in some places but I can definitely understand why. When I saw the cowboys grab calves by the ears and throw them on the ground or rope them around the neck I could barely stand it. I know the calves don't usually get hurt but how do people cheer the cowboys on? I had to turn my head at parts. But regardless, it was amazing to watch the cowboys on the bucking horses (until I learned that they are bred to be mean) and on the bulls. All in all we had a blast but I can't say we'll be going to another rodeo as long as steer wrestling is involved!
On a positive and therefore food-related note, I realized that I really like beef jerky. I never tried it before but Matt, Scott, and Sim said this was the best beef jerky they ever had and I believe it. If you are ever in this area and see it somewhere, BUY IT! I sampled like 10 flavors and they were all delicious.
P.S. We made Matt ride a mechanical bull. :)