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World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"

The World's Toughest Rodeo returns to the Xcel tonight and Saturday, with a special performance by up-and-coming chart-climber Jerrod Niemann after Saturday night's barrel racing and bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding (7:30, $10-78).

The Rodeo invited us down on Thursday for "Cowboy Camp" and a preview of the rodeo stars of tomorrow. Well, not quite tomorrow; give 'em a few years. Prepare to view some photos and video clips of some of the cutest kids you'll ever see stompin' around on a million tons of dirt.

A couple dozen lucky K102 contest winners and their folks assembled on the rodeo floor to learn from real life cowboys, cowgals and rodeo personalities how to properly ride a bull and pony, lasso a steer, barrel race, and rodeo-clown around. Upon graduation, the 5-9 year olds received a cowboy hat, special badge, bandana, official "Cowboy Camp" graduation certificate, and a ticket to return to the rodeo on Friday night to see how the big kids ride the big bulls.

World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"
World's Toughest Rodeo hits Xcel on heels of "Cowboy Camp"

Check back on Monday for a full slideshow, including shots from Friday night's rodeo.


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