The 82nd Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo saw an uptick in participation this year, and Saturday afternoon events at Tex Rickard Arena were no exception.
Thirty-two youth entered Saturday’s playday at the arena as Brandon and B.J. Dunn took the reins from longtime producers Frank and Sandra Blanscet.
Dally Parker of Byers was the high-point peewee girl and Tater Jordan of Petrolia was high-point peewee boy. In the junior division, Faith Garrett of Bellevue earned high-point girl and Clay Stark was high-point boy. Katie Jo Blanscet of Henrietta, competing in her last youth playday, earned high-point senior girl. Tyer Moser of Petrolia earned high-point senior boy.
Trophy halters were awarded to the winners. Halters were donated by Kerr Feed and Grain, and leather nosebands with stamping donated by Billy Jean Jackson.
Behind the section “C” grandstand, Lee and Lori Moss put on the annual Pioneer Reunion Dummy Roping contest.
Cooper Coleman earned first place in the 5-and-under division, followed by Lane Gibson in second and Cruse Coleman in third place.
Reece Hensley took first place in the 6-9 division. Tater Jordan placed second and Autry Berend placed third.
Rexa Hand finished first among the 10-12-year-olds, followed by Morgan Mobley in second and Kat Hand in third place.
In the senior division, Troy Kyle took first place, followed by Perry Lee in second and Paul Berend in third place.
Brady Kyle won first prize in the open calf competition, followed by Ace Hand in second and Lori Moss in third.
Kent Kyle took first place in the open steer competition, followed by Brady Kyle in second and Troy Kyle in third.