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Good times, wild rides take center stage at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo

VALE – This is what the town lives for ­– rodeo time in Vale.  

On opening night on Friday, July 1, the crowd buzzed with anticipation and cheered for their Vale rodeo flag girls as they whirled through the arena in a cascade of red, white, and blue. Within three seconds, the first saddle bronc rider of the 107th Vale 4th of July Rodeo had been bucked off.  

“Oh, man! That horse loves his job,” shouted rodeo announcer Scott Allen to a roaring crowd. Through the opening evening and three more performances, Allen . . .