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FMX team to jump into Dodge City

Twisted Rodeo - 57 min 4 sec ago
The members of Wisconsin Freestyle MotoCross will be part of the action during this year's Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2, at Roundup Arena. (PHOTO COURTESY WIFMX)

The members of Wisconsin Freestyle MotoCross will be part of the action during this year’s Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2, at Roundup Arena. (PHOTO COURTESY WIFMX)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Cody Cavanaugh, Mike Keiper and Josh Mertens have different thoughts on horsepower than most who are involved with the 2015 Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

They are an integral part of Wisconsin Freestyle Motocross, which will be one of the featured pieces of entertainment during the five performances of the rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2. The three athletes will put on a spectacular display of freestyle motocross jumps inside Roundup Arena.

“We’re pretty excited about working that event,” said Cavanaugh, the founder of WIFMX, based in Neenah, Wis. “We always like going to new places. You get to meet the rodeo committee members and usually make good friends that way. It’s also nice for us to see a different culture.”

The WIFMX players all have extensive motocross experience. Now in their third year as a specialty act in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Cavanaugh and staff travel the rodeo trail putting on shows that expose some amazing feats on the backs of motorcycles.

“One of the things that make our show unique is that quite a few of us can ride motorcycles and jump four-wheelers,” he said. “I like the way we’re diverse in that way.”

It’s just another big piece of the entertainment pie that is Roundup Rodeo, which was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. It already is a key stop on the ProRodeo trail and will feature hundreds of the top contestants in the game. By combining with WIFMX, the volunteer rodeo committee that produces the annual event is just increasing the value for fans.

“We take a lot of pride in having the very best in rodeo,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the committee. “We have world champions in every performance of our rodeo, and we wanted to bring something else to the table for our great fans to enjoy.

“A lot of people come back to our rodeo year after year, and we always want to give them something special to enjoy. I believe having Cody Cavanaugh and his group here will really help make this year’s rodeo even better.”

Though his primary focus is on riding motorcycles, Cavanaugh grew up in a rodeo family. His parents were raised in South Dakota, and his father grew up on a farm and was part of rodeo as a roper and barrelman.

“When my parents moved to Wisconsin, we had horses on the farm right away, and we still have a horse-drawn carriage business we still run,” he said. “We have a hobby farm with petting-zoo animals. That’s how I had room enough to ride motorcycles around Wisconsin.”

He was outfitted with a three-wheeler at age 3, then moved on to his first dirt bike at 7. He started building little jumps with friends, then the jumps kept getting bigger. He loved the idea of FMX because of what he had seen on television and found it to be a great outlet.

Of course, being outside and active was a big part of how he was raised.

“As a kid, I roped quite a bit, and I come from a horse background,” Cavanaugh said. “In fact, our jumps are set up in a horse pasture.”

The WIFMX team now has a customized ramping system it takes to rodeos all across the country, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, to Park Rapids, Minn., to Dodge City. It takes just a few minutes of set-up time, and the excitement in the arena takes off. That’s where Cavanaugh, Keiper and Mertens show off the elaborate tricks they’ve perfected over the years.

“There is a small crashing curve that comes with learning new tricks,” Cavanaugh said. “If you’re going to push yourself, it can sometimes not end well. With a lot of practice, our confidence grew.

“I tell people all the time that we’ve been allowed to do these cool jobs of just riding motorcycles. Find something you like to do and do it all the time.”

It works for the WIFMX team, and for fans that make their way to Roundup Arena.

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Summer Ball Q&A: Sophomore Outfielder Brent Rooker

Bulldog Beat - 4 hours 16 min ago
STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the month of July, HailState.com will interview select Mississippi State baseball players competing across the country in summer leagues.

County fair celebrates 80 years

Twisted Rodeo - 6 hours 12 min ago

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Eight decades ago, Jake McClure was the dominant calf roper in rodeo; the Lea County, N.M., cowboy had revolutionized his event and had earned titles at the most prestigious events in the game.

His hometown event, the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, was established in his heyday. This August, the exposition will celebrate its 80th year. Inside the expansive fairgrounds on the eastern edge of Lovington sits Jake McClure Arena, home to one of the most recognized events in ProRodeo.

Lea County Fair Logo“No matter the amount of time that goes by, it’s the one thing that brings the county together every year,” said Corey Helton, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board. “It’s gotten bigger over the years, especially lately with the concerts and the rodeo. It’s the one event that the residents of Lea County know is going to happen every year.”

This year’s celebration is set for Friday, July 31-Saturday, Aug. 8, and will feature a touch of the historic, a splash of the new generation and a bushel of fun. The best part is the admission is just $8 for adults and $6 for children.

“A lot of people in this part of the country take pride in the county fair,” Helton said. “Every year it gets better and better, and I think people expect it to be what it is.”

From the great concerts – Ricochet, Cody Johnson, Crowder, Dan & Shay, Scotty McCreery and Gregg Allman – to the various livestock shows to Lea County Xtreme Bulls and the rodeo to the food and carnival, there are numerous reasons why this county fair is such a must-see event.

“I think we all know the fair actually started with the kids and showcasing the kids’ hard work throughout the year with the livestock shows,” Helton said. “We can never lose sight of that. It’s still about that. It’s about the sale. That’s the big thing about the fair. Yeah, we’ve had the concerts and the rodeo, but without the kids showing animals, do you really have a fair?

“The goal of every fair should be the kids.”

The Lovington event is more than just a county fair. The Lea County Fair and Rodeo has been recognized as one of the top expositions in the region, and there’s good reason. There is a concert six nights of the nine-day event, and the rodeo will feature the very best in the game, cowboys and cowgirls who will have traveled hundreds of miles to compete in southeastern New Mexico and some of the top animals in the business from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

“I think one of the things that’s still part of the 80-year tradition is the rodeo,” Helton said. “We continue to draw the top 10 cowboys in each event.”

It’s something Jake McClure surely would brag about if he were still on the rodeo trail. It’s something many people from Lea County talk about each summer as they anticipate the goings-on in Lovington.

“We’re going to be working with the Western Heritage Museum and recognize some of the older people in the community that have contributed so much over the years,” Helton said. “We all wanted to provide something for the people that have contributed something to the heritage of Lea County.”

It should be quite the celebration.

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MSU Takes Over SEC Network Monday, July 6; View Schedule

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:47pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Monday, July 6, with Mississippi State taking over the national television network for 24 hours. Mississippi State has selected eight marquee television events from the vault* to relive with fans. Viewers will also be treated to classic documentaries and insightful interviews with coaches re-living the year in Bulldog athletics.

Los Hispanos Celebran El Verano Con Diversión, Comida Y Familia

Lifestyles - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:16pm
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(NewsUSA) - ¿Estás listo para el verano? Para los latinos, el verano es el momento perfecto para celebrar con la familia. La vida familiar es una parte importante de la cultura latina, se cuidan los unos a los otros, viven cerca y usualmente socializan juntos. Desde tomar vacaciones hasta barbacoas en el verano, cada evento es una razón para una divertida reunión.

JCPenney, una de las tiendas de ropa y cosas para el hogar más grande de la nación, está en sintonía con la comunidad hispana y ofrece desde elegantes prendas veraniegas y accesorios, hasta piezas de entretenimiento y decoraciones para el hogar perfectas para acoger a la familia y a los invitados. Los siguientes son sólo algunos ejemplos de lo que puedes encontrar en JCPenney para satisfacer todas tus necesidades para las reuniones familiares de verano y hacer que la fiesta siga su curso:

Fiestas Familiares

El comal Simplemente Delicioso de 14 pulgadas con tortilladora es perfecto para todo, desde calentar tortillas hasta hacer panqueques y huevos la mañana siguiente. Las cuatro opciones de color le ponen un giro innovador a un elemento básico de utensilios en la cocina latina. Para acompañar la comida, considere la máquina para hacer margaritas y granizados de acero inoxidable de Nostalgia Electrics. Esta licuadora de acero inoxidable puede hacer hasta un galón de margaritas o bebidas frías refrescantes en cuestión de minutos. El contenedor aislado tiene capacidad para 128 onzas de tu bebida fría favorita.

Vestimenta De Fiesta

Ofreciendo comodidad y estilo, una camiseta polo de mangas cortas de la marca St. John's Bay es el estilo veraniego perfecto para los hombres. Esta remera de talle medio viene en más de 20 colores. Para las mujeres, un vestido sin mangas con el cuello plisado será un éxito asegurado y las mantendrá frescas. Hecho de chalis, este vestido importado se puede lavar a máquina y viene en una gran variedad de tamaños.

Después De La Fiesta

Para los invitados que se queden a dormir o para un divertido picnic de alfombra, el juego de edredón de 4 piezas de Eva Longoria Home Mireles podría ser exactamente lo que estás buscando. El edredón tiene un vívido patrón inspirado por los azulejos españoles con distintos tonos de gris, blanco y amarillo. El juego de 4 piezas de algodón incluye: un edredón dos fundas para almohadas y un volado para la cama con una caída de 15 pulgadas. Los juegos de tamaño completo y tamaño reina incluyen los volados estándar y los juegos de tamaño King y California incluyen volados King.

Para más información, por favor visite www.JCPenney.com.

 

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