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Turtle racers, frog hoppers, knot tyers, dummy ropers and playdayers compete


The Clay County Courthouse lawn and Tex Rickard Arena were filled with activity following the Pioneer Reunion float parades Friday and Saturday as participants competed in frog and terrapin races, a knot tying, dummy roping and a youth playday.

Frog and Terrapin Races

Kids flooded the north side of the square in downtown Henrietta on Friday for a chance to see whose frog could cover the most ground and who had the fastest turtle.

Conner Hamilton took first place in the turtle race, followed by Dylan Roye in second place and Wayne Paul West in third.

Braiden Richets brought the largest turtle, measuring 4 3/4 inches, while Graham Gonzenbach had the smallest at 1 1/2 inches. The best dressed turtle award when to Mindi Adams, who decorated her terrapin to look like a “baby monster.”

Sarah Klyn took first place in the frog jump with a distance of 102 1/2 inches. Ella Durham placed second with 81 inches and Rayle Bounds took third with 68 inches.

Ella Durham entered the largest frog, measuring 17 1/2 inches. Ella Klyn brought the smallest, measuring one-half inch.

Knot Tying

In the Friday afternoon knot tying at Tex Rickard Arena, the team of Zane West, Rusty Schroeder and Ty Boggeman took first place with a time of 25.323 seconds. Mickey Gee, Daryl Wines and Chris Littlefield took second place with 28.220. In third place was Gee, Wines and Benton Easter with a time of 29.900.

Dummy Roping

Youth and adults competed in six divisions in Saturday’s dummy roping event, held on the north side of the arena.

Jacie Moss took first place, followed by Cruse Coleman in the ages 5-and-under division.

In the 6-9 division, Cooper Coleman took first place, followed by Hadley Berend in second and Pate Cody in third place.

Reese Hensley won the 10-12 division, followed by Kameron Moss in second place and Lea Scribner in third.

Billy Cannon placed first in the senior division, followed by Jeff Johnson in second.

Hagan Houck took first place in the open calf division, followed by Ben Johnson in second and Dylan Overstreet in third place.

In the open steer division, Devin Doyle won first place, followed by Jacob Plummer in second and Jason Schindler in third place.

While the dummy roping contest was wrapping up, the annual Pioneer Reunion Playday was getting underway.

Youth Playday

Bailey Goodin of Thornberry and Cooper Gee of Dean were high-point winners in the peewee girl and peewee boy divisions, respectively. Faith Garrett of Bowie won the junior girls division, while Brendall Dunn of Petrolia won the junior boys title. In the senior division, Kelsey Spraggins of Petrolia won the girls title.

Winners were awarded a leather noseband with stamping by Billy Jean Jackson of Wichita Falls.

The playday is put on each year by Bradon and B.J. Dunn with the help of volunteers Laramie Dunn, Riley Sizemore and Tate Sizemore.


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