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The Most Dangerous Eight Seconds in Sports

February 28, 2014

This is the last weekend of the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo. If two weeks of bronc riding and barrel racing weren’t enough for you; then stop by the Library and check out our rodeo related resources.

For the past 80 years in San Angelo, people come to see cowboys compete. The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo runs February 14th to March 2nd.

Originally based on skill need in cattle ranching, today rodeos are considered professional athletic contests. Most include both timed events and “rough stock” events. Timed events include barrel racing and calf roping, where the fastest time without penalties wins. Rough Stock events include Bronc and Bull Riding where contestants are judged on control, balance, and rhythm. In order to get a score, the rider must stay on the bull for eight seconds; this is sometimes called the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.

If a livestock show is not on your to-do list, don’t worry, the carnival has something for everyone. The rodeo includes petting zoos and exotic animals. If you want something a little faster, there are rides and roller coasters.

Check out our newly-created LibGuide for more fascinating information about the rodeo that can be found in the Library.