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Rodeo Lives on in Abbyville

Associated Press - May 15, 2015 12:35 pm

Competitors will round up once again to participate in a rodeo held since the 1960s in a small central Kansas town.

The Hutchinson News reports the 53rd annual Abbyville Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo will open Friday night.

The demise of the rodeo and Abbyville – which has a population of around 80 – has been predicted several times in the past.

Residents say the rodeo is proof of their determination for their community to survive. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people are expected to attend the competition each night this weekend.

The Abbyville Rodeo is a fully sanctioned competition under the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. A pavilion that will be used in the rodeo was dedicated during an informal rope-cutting ceremony Thursday.

Carol Carrazco

May 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

When I was 13 years old (maybe younger!) my Aunt June lived in abbyville and we came every year to ride in the parade and play the games ! Taking home ribbons made the trip so worthwhile and let the younger kids compete and I think everyone got something. It was a great time and even when I grew up and got married I still tried to come down to the rodeo and play days. I am glad it has survived. That was about 50 years ago, when I started. I know it must still be as great as it was then since it is still going on!

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