Chesaw cowboys take top honors at Fourth of July Rodeo


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Photo by Gary DeVon

&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; GOOD DAY TO BE A COWBOY – A little bull pen action was taking place above the chutes. The Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo has attracted cowboys (and cowgirls) over several gener

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.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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