CHESAW – Stewart Leslie and Jake Nelson, both from Chesaw, won Senior All Around Cowboy and Junior All Around Cowboy honors, respectively, at the 66th Annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo last Friday.
Leslie took first place in both the Saddle Bronc and Wild Cow Milking contests, while Nelson won third place in Junior Cow Riding.
A rain earlier in the day helped to keep the dust down and temperatures were slightly lower than normal making for a comfortable day of rodeo viewing for the spectators. Although organizers report a successful rodeo day, which also included the traditional parade, this year headed up by Grand Marshal Darlene Kidwell Owyn and kids games, the number of people in Chesaw for the day and for the dance the night before was slightly lower than in recent years.
Rodeo Announcer Rich Fewkes asked people to stand up if they were from more than 200 miles away and kept increasing the distance until he found the furthest traveled. Although there were visitors from Hawaii, Missouri, Texas, Maryland and New York, Mario Ghenzi from Switzerland took the longest distance honors.
“I think it’s very nice,” said Ghenzi, about the rodeo.
“We have no rodeo… we yodel,” he added, turning to the bleachers and demonstrating when coaxed by the crowd.
There was also a couple from Kilsyth, Scotland, Hugh and Isobel Lundy. The pair was visiting with Joyce Forthun from Oroville. Forthun’s son lives with his family in Scotland and the couple are friends of his in-laws.