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PHOTOS: Thunderegg Throwdown draws crowd for what is now a rare event – a rodeo

Jesse Weaver is bucked off during the special Thunderegg Throwdown Rodeo held on Friday, July 10, in Nyssa. He won $470 with $100 deducted from the winnings to get a custom buckle. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

NYSSA - About 250 people braved the heat to attend the first annual Thunderegg Throwdown Rodeo on Friday, July 10.

The rodeo, sponsored by the Tri State Rodeo Company and the Owyhee Riding Club, capped off the second day of the Thunderegg Days festival sponsored by the Nyssa Chamber of Commerce.

The event was held in the shadow of the Covid pandemic and the sponsors posted signage throughout the stands and specific areas of the bleachers – every two rows – were blocked off to adhere to state regulations on social distancing. Despite the added precautions, the rodeo proved to be a . . .