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PHOTOS: The Vale 4th of July Rodeo kicks off to a rainy start

Lightning strikes in the backdrop of the Shamrock Arena during the first night of the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

VALE - The 106th running of the Vale 4th of July Rodeo got off under cloudy skies, nearby lightening and a crowd eager for action on Thursday, July 1.

The rodeo continues nightly through Monday. The big Vale Fourth of July Parade is scheduled for Sunday evening and Oregon Trail Days runs at Wadleigh Park on Sunday.

Watch the Enterprise for full coverage of the events.

A girl falls off her sheep at the mutton bustin' event on the opening night of the 2021 Vale Fourth of July Rodeo on Thursday, July . . .