Don't want to buck a teenager?
On average, rodeo cowboys don't have to. The average bucking bronc is 20 years old. At least that's one of the factoids released with the upcoming 56th annual rodeo at Spanish Fork's Fiesta Days.The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association event will run from July 22-25 at 8 p.m. at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
If you feel so inclined to buck a teenager, try a bull. Many are still active buckers at 15 years of age, according to a list of rodeo facts being bantered about by city officials.
Many rodeo events are scheduled - including saddle bronc riding, considered the classic event in a rodeo. Steer wrestling is the fastest rodeo event. The world record is 2.4 seconds.
Team roping is the only team event in professional rodeo. In fact, say Fiesta Days officials, rodeo cowboys are independent contractors. They see to their own training, pay their own expenses and keep their own schedules.
The Tommy Lucia Revue, a band of entertaining animals, will perform at the rodeo. Crowd favorite "Whiplash," the cowboy monkey, will also bring his funny antics and his collie sheep dog.
All these events, plus bareback riding, calf roping and bull riding, will take place during the three days that Spanish Fork hosts the rodeo.
One of the more popular events is Mutton Bustin', a children's rodeo event. Children must be between 5 and 7 years old and weigh no more than 60 pounds. They ride sheep for up to eight seconds to compete for trophies and the title of "Mutton Bustin' Champ."
Rodeo tickets are on sale now at Spanish Fork city offices, 40 S. Main St. Prices range from $2 to $10 depending on age and seat. Tickets can be ordered at 798-5000. Prices range from $2 to $10.