Silent Sunday Returns
Giant pumpkins and jack o’lanterns weighing 800 lbs can be found in Nebraska. Possible? Yes, if you use a little creativity. Welcome to the Midwestern version of a Jack O’Lantern, country style. Happy Halloween everyone!
- What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns? (mentalfloss.com)
What a difference a year makes. A year ago the Midwest was in the most severe flood in history. This season it’s the worst drought anyone can remember. The season started early with warm weather that encouraged early planting. Detassling started the last weekend in June , which was about 2-3 weeks early.
The drought is in full swing and in Eastern Nebraska the corn is beyond recovery. Corn harvest officially started the sedond week in August.
Farmers are cutting CRP grass to have enough forage for winter and the bean crop, while still green, has little hope. I have lived in Nebraska for almost 25 years and this summer has been the first year we have had 10 days of highs in the 100′s.
In Western Nebraska 100 degree temperatures have been reached 43 days out of the last sixty. Even the crops under pivots and irrigation are hurting.
The Nebraska state drought monitor has placed the entire state in a severe drought state in late July with 83% of the state being in extreme drought.
- DROUGHT UPDATE: Recent Drought Report Released (whotv.com)
- Drought intensifies in Kansas, Nebraska (kansascity.com)
Rodeo is an American sport, born and breed in the Great West. Tradition, patriotism, respect, and family values are celebrated at the start of every rodeo with the American flag and a tribute to the US military.
The Sidney Iowa rodeo is no exception and 2012 celebrated their 89th year with 339 cowboys participating in the five-day event. The talent and quality of stock was definitely better than what I saw the week before at the Wahoo Nebraska rodeo. While both were PRCA sanctioned events, Sidney takes it to a whole different level.
Sidney Iowa has a population of about 1,500 people and hosts more than 38,000 people during five days. To this small town come professional cowboys that are nationally ranked in the top ten and perform in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. This meant watching a large percentage of full 8 second rides and few missed throws in the roping competitions.
- Rodeo: Big money on line at Black Hills Roundup Rodeo (rapidcityjournal.com)
- 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Tickets and Official Travel Packages Now Available From PrimeSport (prweb.com)
- Rodeo: Cowan values family over rodeo success (rapidcityjournal.com)
- Bar T has big night in final day of Pioneer Days Rodeo (standard.net)
At many county fairs and rodeos in the Midwest and across the United State little kids line up to ride a sheep. To protect the sheep there are weight limits, normally under 60 lbs. It’s not uncommon to see boys and girls in cowboy boots and hats as young as four years old clinging on as life depended on it.
Normally the kids don’t make it more than two seconds when they topple off. But this little girl rode like a champ and was the best I’ve ever seen.
As the announcer said “If you want something done, just get a woman” Most all the kids had fun, most dusting themselves off and giving a big smile. A few got trampled, beyond what they expected, and a hug from Mom or Dad made everything right again. Most likely they will be back in line next year.
- Tips for Mutton Busters (bethchristopher.com)
- Mutton busters hang on at fair (showpeople.typepad.com)