Organizers cancel Vale 4th of July Rodeo

A cowboy struggles to stay in the saddle during the Vale 4th of July Rodeo last year. Organizers cancelled the iconic event for 2020 because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (The Enterprise/File)

VALE – There will be no Vale 4th of July Rodeo this year.

Rodeo President Kurt Haueter announced Wednesday morning that the iconic, 106-year-old local event was canceled.

The decision, he said, was made Monday night by the rodeo board.

“It is a decision we didn’t want to make. I kind of feel like it was a decision that was not ours to make and it was kind of made for us,” said Haueter.

What the cancellation will mean for Vale businesses remains unclear but the rodeo is seen by many as an important economic event that . . .