CASA GRANDE — The ranch rodeo is back for another full weekend and will showcase the work cowboys do in everyday life.

The events include trailer loading, calf branding and wild cow milking, with the winners of each event receiving a belt buckle.

In the trailer loading event the contestants attempt to round up steers and load them into a trailer that is used to transport cattle. While the event is timed and those with the fastest time are the winners, it also has to be done in the proper manner.

The calf branding event is done with paint instead of branding and in the cow milking event, cowboys have to rope a cow and one attempts to milk it.

Most of the events in the ranch rodeo bring a different competitor than those in the traditional rodeos.

Dick Powell, who has been heavily involved with the event, previously told PinalCentral that the ranch rodeo has continued to grow in popularity in recent years.

“It has built followers from the beginning,” Powell said. “Every year people watch it, and they want to watch it again. It’s a lot of action and it’s easy to know what they’re doing. It produces laughter, the excitement level is there and once you watch them, you get an appreciation for what they do and how good the participants do it.”

The ranch rodeo will begin at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 and will continue the next day at the same time.

Tickets are $10 and gates open at noon. Kids 12 and under enter for free.

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Maria Vasquez is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. She can be reached at mvasquez@pinalcentral.com.

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