It's time to bust out your cowboy boots and 10-gallon hat: The Hamel Rodeo & Bull Ridin' Bonanza, the biggest of its kind in the state, is in full effect this weekend. Each year the best riders try their hand at bareback riding, bull steering, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel riding, and, of course, bull riding in front of fans of the sport. There will also be super-shot trick riders from Canada to add to the type of riding skills you'll see. Each day will feature free pony rides for kids the first hour and a half before performances, and related events happening around town include a dance afterparty at Inn Kahoots Thursday through Saturday, and a flea market and Main Street parade on Sunday. For more info, visit www.hamelrodeo.org or call 763.478.6611.
July 7-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 9, 1 p.m., 2011