Dayton Rodeo: A Family Labor Day Weekend Tradition

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DAYTON, Iowa -- The 79th edition of the Dayton Rodeo is an occasion for cowboys to win some prizes and families to keep an annual tradition here.

The Dayton Wranglers made up of young women cowgirls, rode a formation to get the afternoon show underway.

Spectators sit on a huge hillside, where there are many stories of people coming for years. Two brothers from Rutland, Iowa, have been coming for many years.

“We've been coming here off and on since we been about for 5-years-old,” said Dennis Halsrud. “I'm 67 so, 60 plus years off and on, we been coming here.”

“Dad passed away a year ago we came down here and sat on this hill for like the last 10 years,” said Gary Halsrud.

"We have a friend of mine his son ropes in the team roping two sons, we usually follow them around everyplace we can,” said Charlie Miller

“There's all the excitement it's all the cowboys from different states is always a big purse,” said Cari Swanson, who grew up in Dayton, now living in Ames. “We like the clowns, we like the crowd, we like the weather.”

Swanson said she’s been coming to this rodeo for about 48 years.


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