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Butterfield Stage Days

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Its All A Blur

IT’S ALL A BLUR – The 32nd annual Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo was action-packed Friday night at Sunset Retreat Arena in Bridgeport as cowboys strapped themselves on the backs of bucking broncs and raging bulls. The rodeo boasted a whopping 518 entrants, up 41 from 2013. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Hats Off

HATS OFF – Champion bareback rider Will Lowe burst out of the chute Friday night. Lowe sported pink, supporting the fight against breast cancer. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Before the Showdown

BEFORE THE SHOWDOWN – Old West re-enactors Kip Turner, Ralph Miller and Lyle Halliday discuss their upcoming shootout. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Sticky Victory

STICKY VICTORY – Bridgeport Fire Department firefighters Tanner Reeves and Tyler Proctor celebrate after winning the Battle of the Boot pancake eating contest for the second year in a row. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Holding On Tight

HOLDING ON TIGHT – Marley McClary, 3, waves her hand in the air as if riding a real bucking bronco during the stick horse rodeo at Butterfield Stage Days. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Spicing Up the Competition

SPICING UP THE COMPETITION – The ME Read barbecue team of Sherman Comes and Benny Lindley preps jalapenos, cheese and chicken for the pit. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Around and Round

AROUND AND ROUND – Taylor Bush, 19 months, rides a pony with the help of Clay Walker. She only made it around once before deciding the ride was too wild for her. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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