I never, ever thought I'd go to a rodeo - though this was technically not a full rodeo, as rodeos feature several different components of cattle herding and related competitive activities, but you get the drift. Anyway, it turns out that when you're in this neck of the woods and there isn't much going on, you are easily persuaded into these things. General admission was only $18 and the Bismarck Civic Center was small enough that anywhere you sat was bound to be a decent seat.
The evening started with a prayer - which I found interesting but cool - and then a local girl sang the National Anthem. You know you're in the midwest when the singer is wearing fringe and she sings, "that the flag was still there..." and pronounces it "fleh-y-g."
The show started off with a bang! Literally! There was a loud noise and then the letters 'PBR' were lit up in flames while the riders were being introduced. Some of them received louder cheers than others, probably the more popular, talented, perhaps good looking ones. Ben Jones, an Australian, got the loudest cheers. I guess he was a crowd favorite. (I looked him up after the show and he's missing a few teeth so I think his talent is what got all the fans riled up.)
In the end, a North Dakota resident won the competition so the crowd was rather happy. I don't remember his name - Lawrence something maybe? - but he had feathered hair like Farrah Fawcett. Congrats to him!