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Fair kicks off with bull riding and barrel racing

Nearly 30 children lined up to take part in Thursday’s Mutton Bustin’ race as part of the festivities at the 2014 Curry County Fair Rodeo in Gold Beach.

A full house packed the Curry County Fairgrounds Arena as bull riding, barrel racing and mutton bustin’ kicked off a weekend’s worth of events at the Curry County Fair in Gold Beach.

Brandon Stackhouse was one of just two bull riders to complete the treacherous eight-second ride as his 79 score garnered first place and a $3,000 purse. Stackhouse held on as the bull Tonto bucked and twirled and twisted. He was thrown from the bull at the exact moment the eight-second horn sounded. The judges ruled it was a complete ride and the crowd cheered Stackhouse’s performance. Cody Marbury of Porterville, California, completed a ride upon Black Jack for 60 points and a $2,000 second place finish.

The barrel riding competition was won handily by Myrtle Point’s Lacee Farmer with a time of 14.55, more than two seconds better than second place Tiffany Bartels of Crescent City. 

In the local barrel riding competition, Gold Beach’s Ashley Woods scored a run of 18.51 to beat Sierra Gray, also of Gold Beach, by a mere half-second.

In the youth Mutton Bustin’ race, Elizabeth Strom of Brookings received a uproarious ovation during an extended ride that had her holding onto a sheep for several laps around the ring. She won the event and was awarded a first-place ribbon and trophy for her efforts. 


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