AUDUBON — The Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association will present a miniature rodeo on Thursday, July 18, during the Audubon County Fair. The rodeo includes classic rodeo events like saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding and mutton busting — all on a miniature scale.
The event will take place at the horse arena, with registration for mutton bustin’ at 6 p.m. and the mutton bustin’ competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is limited to the first 2 cowboys or cowgirls.
Admission to the rodeo is $6 for adults, $3 for children and kids ages 5 and under are free. Concessions will be available.
The Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association, based in West Des Moines, is the worlds largest miniature rodeo association and works with children ages 19 and under. The mission is to mentor children in all areas of the sport, to foster compassion for animals, demonstrate good sportsmanship, build new friendships and gain confidence.
Events are broken down into age groups — for example, bull riding has a tiny tots division (under age 5), pee wee (for 5-6 year olds), junior (7-10), senior (11-14) super senior (15-19) and open (for all ages).
Barrel racing includes an entry level “lead line” division.
The bucking stock used is sized to fit the young competitors.
For those who aren’t ready for bronc or bull riding, mutton bustin’ — where young riders attempt to ride a sheep — is held before the rodeo.
If you haven’t checked out miniature rodeo, take time out from the Audubon County Fair on Thursday, July 18 and head over to the horse arena to watch little cowboys and cowgirls compete.