Jacob Hamblin Days rode into town this past weekend bringing fun and prizes to the contestants and excitement for spectators.

The event started Friday night with the junior rodeo. There were about a dozen kids competing in the peewee and junior classes, with events like barrels racing, steer daubing, ribbon race, the high excitement of the hide race, and the always popular mutton busting. Kids came away with memories, a little prize money, a healthy layer of dirt (some of it may have been eaten), and a lucky few with some battle scars to show their friends as a sign of their courage when faced with a mean mutton.

The youth rodeo was followed by team sorting. A two-person team moves as many calves as they can from one pen to another, in numerical order, in under two minutes. Cowboys, cowgirls and their horses are tested on their speed and agility, and are aided by a little bit of luck, to win the coveted buckle for first place. Brittany Judd won the women’s sorting and Jake Christensen won open for the buckles. The greatest test in sorting however has got to be stamina. The battle ran until 4 a.m. before the winners were crowned.

There is no rest for the wicked, as cowboys were at the arena ready to rope by 10 a.m. DT Cattle had just under 200 teams for the grand prize of $2000. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and with the beautiful surroundings, made it a great day for roping. Saturday’s main event went off without a hitch. We had great teams come and compete and we hope the audience enjoyed the show. The winning team was M2 Roping Productions from Page, Ariz. The winner of the barrel racing was Daisy Johnson of Fredonia. Belt buckles and $100/person went to the winners.

We would like to thank all those who made Jacob Hamblin Days a success. Thank you to all our sponsors: White Mountain Trading Post/Grant and Geno Ramsay, Lumber Plus, Heaton Livestock, Kanab Farm & Ranch, Marv Button, Colorado River Expedition, Houston’s Restaurant, Button Cattle Co., Mountain Land Physical Therapy, Rockin’ H Ranch (donated hay), South Central Communications, Lone Buck Ranch, Muley Crazy, Lindsey Robinson-Farm Bureau Financial, and Stowell Family HA Farms/Coy Stowell for providing the sheep for the mutton busting.

These generous donations help provide for the prizes of buckles, jackets, bell boots, in addition to money and sheep/steer for the kids.

Thanks to the travel council for making the attractive posters.

We would like to offer a special thanks to the Kane County Volunteer Center for supplying concession workers and ticket takers.

Last of all, thanks to those who are willing to step in and help out where needed. Hope to see you all again next year!