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Annual rodeo qualifying event slated for the weekend

The annual Billy Evins roping event will kick off this weekend at the Vale rodeo grounds. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Local rodeo competitors get a chance to qualify for the Vale 4th of July Rodeo at the annual Billy Evins Memorial team roping event scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

A local staple at the rodeo grounds since at least 1986, the event is named in honor of a popular local rodeo supporter. Evins’ son, Craig, said the event began as an informal affair but eventually evolved into a qualifying event for the July 4 rodeo for area ropers and barrel racers.

The Evins family organizes the event while the Vale 4th of July Rodeo Board sponsors it.

“It’s my way to give back to the community,” said Evins.

The event begins Friday . . .