South Dakota to see busy weekend for rodeos

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Officials with the South Dakota Rodeo Association say this weekend is the busiest of the year for rodeos.

The Daily Republic reports that a rodeo is held somewhere in South Dakota almost every weekend from the end of May through mid-September. This weekend, rodeos are planned in Lower Brule, Faith, Martin and Scotland.

Association officials say the events are gaining in popularity and participation. The association sanctioned 31 rodeos this year, an increase of two events compared to last year.

Association executive secretary Merretta Anderson says small host towns put a lot of work into making rodeos successful. Anderson says the events provide an economic boost to areas through gas, lodging or concessions sales.

Anderson says the association has an annual average of about 500 association memberships for people who compete in the events.