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Rodeo supports firefighters in McHenry County

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Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 7:11 PM CDT
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VELVA, N.D. - The second annual McHenry County Fire Fighters Rodeo starts Saturday.

More than 100 people across the country registered to participate in this year’s rodeo.

”They like the stock. They keep coming each year. This is the second year. It’s only going to get bigger and better,” said rodeo organizer Cauy Gunderson.

Contestants will compete for a cash prize sponsored by BNSF, but McHenry County Fire Departments will also get some much needed financial support.

”The volunteer departments depend on a lot of donations. When they started this last year, it meant a lot to us,” said Velva Fire Department Secretary Cory Hammer.

Members of The Bailey Pro Rodeo who organized the event say they wanted to find a way to do something for the community.  

“They have been helping out everybody in the county, and I want to give back to them,” said Gunderson.

Leadership within the fire department said they will use the money to buy supplies.

”The money that we get donated, we will buy equipment with it whether it be extra equipment or new hoses for the trucks,” said Hammer.

The event takes place Saturday at the Saddle Club Arena at the rodeo grounds in Velva at 6 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate.

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