Cache County Rodeo is attracting some of the best cowboys in the country while the FFA livestock show and auction moves forward

Deserea Turner scrubs down her pig in preparation for the Cache County Fair . The first time swine owner is hoping to earn money for college by selling her 4-H project at this years livestock auction. In February of 2017 Turner was shot by classmates and left for dead. Today the "Tougher than a Bullet," Sky View graduate is trying to move forward with her life.

LOGAN – In a recent interview with Lynn Simmons on radio station KIX 96.7 (KKEX), Cache County Rodeo Chairman LaMont Poulsen said this year’s Cache County Rodeo is going to be one of the best to this point.

LaMont Poulsen has been rodeo chairman for the Cache County Fair and Rodeo for 18 years is standing with his horse on his Smithfield ranch.

The rodeo will go from Aug. 5 to Aug. 8. An extra day was added to accommodate all of the cowboys and cowgirls that want to compete in this year’s rodeo.

“This rodeo is going to be something special, one that will be hard to duplicate,” Poulsen said. “Some of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s top cowboys will be in Logan to compete.”

Poulsen said they added a Wednesday and scheduled the Extreme Broncs, a PRCA sanctioned event with a $10,000 purse which attracted some of rodeo’s big names.

During the Wednesday night event they will have Women’s Professional Rodeo Barrel Racing going on between the bronc riding.

We have 13 of the top 15 saddle bronc riders and 11 of the top 15 bull riders competing in this year’s rodeo,” Poulsen told Simmons. “Thursday night is Family Night at the rodeo. Friday night is Tough Enough to Wear Pink to support breast cancer research. Saturday is Patriot Night to support our people in the military.”

Tickets can be purchased online at, at the ticket office or at IFA in Hyde Park.

A cowboy goes after a calf at the 2017 rodeo

As far as the fair goes, there will be no carnival, but there will be a lot of the food vendors on hand for eating and good entertainment will be on the stage as well.

“They have stretched out the 4-H livestock a little bit to accommodate people in a less congested space,” he said. “They will have their market livestock sale on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.”

He said he hopes the businesses will come out to support the 4–H kids. They have worked hard with their animals and he hoped they will get a good turnout.

The Fair and Rodeo Executive Committee has been carefully planning and preparing for months, and working closely with the Bear River Health Department to follow prescribed COVID-19 safety guidelines,” said Lane Parker the co-chair of the event. “Attendees will notice the absence of the carnival.”

Face coverings are highly recommended for those places where social distancing protocols are difficult to maintain. A limited number of face masks will be available. Fair officials want the public to take personal responsibility seriously while attending this year’s Fair and Rodeo and wear their own face coverings.

All exhibitors, vendors, staff and participants will be expected to follow all sanitation guidelines as prescribed by the State Health Department. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly throughout the event.

All exhibitor entries will be registered online in advance only. Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are asked to stay home and not attend this year’s fair and rodeo activities.


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  • Eric Mills August 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm Reply


    “Women should not rodeo any more than men can have babies. Women were put
    on earth to reproduce, and are close to animals. Women’s liberation is on
    an equal to gay liberation–they are both ridiculous.” (–in the book,
    “RODEO: An Anthropologist Looks at the Wild and the Tame,” by Elizabeth
    Atwood Lawrence, University of Tennessee Press, 1982)

    “The eighteen-year-old rodeo queen and her princess told me that rodeo
    people, including themselves, ‘hated Democrats, environmentalists, and
    gays.’ I was astonished that their political and social outlook could be
    reduced to such simple platitudes of hate. And why?” (–“Rodeo Queens
    and the American Dream,” by Prof. Joan Burbick, Public Affairs, NYC, 2002)

    “I keep 30 head of cattle around for practice, at $200 a head. You can
    cripple three or four in an afternoon. Then your horse costs around
    $5,000, so it gets to be a pretty expensive hobby.” (–Dr. T.K. Hardy,
    quoted in NEWSWEEK, 10/2/72)

    “Do I think it hurts the calf? Sure I do. I’m not stupid.” (–in the
    February 6, 2000 SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, “Choosing Champions”)

    “If PETA truly wanted the skinny on animal injuries, they’d have to post
    observers in the backyard practice lots of aspiring rodeo kids. As a
    calf roper once confided to me, ‘Yeah, I accidentally killed and
    injured lots of calves when I was learning. I mean, I plain roped their
    heads off till I really learned how to handle them and not hurt them.'”
    (–“The Mud, the Blood & the Poop: A Rodeo Insider Takes You Behind the
    Chutes of America’s Cowboy Sport,” in the COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT,
    August 19, 2004)

    “Do animals feel fear? Nyaah, they don’t feel fear. They’re an ANIMAL!”
    (–Russ Fields, president Rowell Ranch Rodeo Committee, in a 5/19/18
    KGO-TV Channel 7 news segment, San Francisco)

    “The single worst thing you can do to an animal emotionally is to make it
    feel afraid. Fear is so bad for animal I think it’s worse than pain.”

    “If it gets to the point where people think rodeo is inhumane or cruel,
    they quit coming, and then we’re out of business.” (–in the July 27,
    2018 WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE, “CFD, animal activists see two different

  • Eric Mills August 2, 2020 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Be aware that EVERY animal welfare organization in North America condemns
    rodeo due to its inherent cruelty. Injuries and deaths are commonplace,
    veterinary care rare. The PRCA has required on-site vets only since 1995,
    after FIVE animals were killed at the California Rodeo/Salinas that
    year.Most of rodeo is bogus from the git-go. REAL working cowboys/girls
    never routinely rode bulls, or wrestled steers, or rode bareback, or
    barrel raced, or practiced calf roping as a timed event. And they
    certainly did not put flank straps on the animals, or work them over with
    “hotshots,” kicks and slaps in the holding chutes. Some “sport”! Indeed,
    rodeo is nota “sport” at all. That term denotes willing, evenly-matched
    participants. Rodeo does not qualify. Rather, it’s a macho exercise in
    DOMINATION, and should be outlawed. Legislation is in order: local, state,
    federal. The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales) banned rodeos back
    in 1934. Can the U.S. and Canada be far behind? Lest we forget,
    COVID-19 was HUMAN-caused, a direct result of our gross mistreatment and
    abuse of animals, both wild and domestic. There are connections to be
    made here, folks.

    New, prize-winning rodeo documentary short, “BUCKING TRADITION” –

  • Peggy W Larson, DVM MS JD August 2, 2020 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Animals should not be injured or killed for entertainment and that is what rodeo is. It bears no resemblance to ranching. I grew up on a cattle ranch in North Dakota and spent 8 years as a ranch veterinarian there. My ranch clients did not ride bulls, speed rope calves or make their expensive horses buck. Rodeo is not American “tradition”.

    As a former bareback bronc rider, pathologist and large animal veterinarian, I have both the experience and autopsy proof that rodeo injures and kills animals. Dr. Robert Bay from Colorado autopsied roping calves and found hemorrhages, torn muscles, torn ligaments, damage to the trachea, damage to the throat and damage to the thyroid. These calves never get a chance to heal before they are used again. Meat inspectors processing rodeo animals found broken bones, ruptured internal organs, massive amounts of blood in the abdomen from ruptured blood vessels and damage to the ligamentum nuchae that holds the neck to the rest of the spinal column. As a former criminal lawyer, children that are exposed to and participate in animal abuse often grow up to abuse humans. I have seen children cry at rodeos when the calves are roped and slammed to the ground. It is time for this archaic rodeo “entertainment” to end.

  • Linda Middlesworth August 2, 2020 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Please do unto others as you would have done to you! Animals do not deserve the cruelty inherent in rodeo training or events. Animals are sentient beings who are terrified to be used and abused at these horrific events. Making money is what rodeos are about. Make money off humans who choose to be there. Animals have no choice. It is a terrible as rodeos teach our children that animals are like objects without feelings. They need to be free of harm just like humans. Stop this barbaric cruelty NOW.

  • Jennofur OConnor August 3, 2020 at 5:16 am Reply

    Tormenting animals for “fun” in the rodeo is condemned by anyone with a conscience.

  • Free Bird August 3, 2020 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Personally, I am going to enjoy the rodeo. It sounds like the only place in the valley where you won’t have to deal with liberals.

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