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PHOTOS: Catch the arena action from Vale’s 4th of July Rodeo

A cowboy's hat flies off on the first night of the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

The Vale 4th of July Rodeo came back with a buckin’ bang in 2021 after being on a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The rodeo opened on Wednesday, June 30, with the slack events and continued through the evening of Sunday, July 4, with a close-out fireworks show.

Every night, people from Vale and surrounding towns endured temperatures of 100 or higher to watch events such as mutton bustin’, saddle and bareback bronc riding, wild cow milking, bull riding, barrel racing and cattle roping along with various other rodeo staples.

The action filled . . .