Two young cousins, Eli and Axel, sport their medals right after Thursday's mutton bustin' event at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

A young cowboy in training dons a bull riding helmet at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Sunday, July 4. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

A girl tumbles off her sheep at Thursday's mutton bustin' event at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

A young cowgirl in the mutton bustin' event at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (AUSTIN JOHNSON)

A young cowboy goes for rodeo glory during the first night of steer riding on the first night of the Vale 4th of July rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

A young cowgirl in the mutton bustin' event at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (AUSTIN JOHNSON)

Avery Randall holds firm with a smile across her face during the mutton bustin’ event at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Saturday, July 3. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

The older age group races toward pigs at Thursday's pig scramble event at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

A young steer rider stands atop the chute before climbing aboard his steer at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

Axel Goodell walks back to the stands, medal in hand, at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

Rodeo Queen Tara Ryan with the evening’s mutton bustin’ champion at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Friday, July 2. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

Nyssa Nite Rodeo mutton buster champion Pacen Curt comes out the chute in style at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thurday, July 1. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

A girl in the younger age group works to secure a pig at Thursday's pig scramble at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

A young cowboy holds on tight at Thursday's steer riding event at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

Dash Burgo, who took home the belt at Thursday's mutton bustin' event, talks with his family at Friday's suicide race at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

A teenage cowboy hones his skills in the steer riding event at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

Two kids in the older group "pig pile" at Thursday's pig scramble at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

Mutton busters chat together behind the fence before entering the arena. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

A young rider holds on tight during the mutton bustin’ competition at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

Two young cowboys in the pig scramble event at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Saturday, July 3. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

The Willowcreek Warriors sing the national anthem to kick off the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

Mutton buster Elias Shuler watches the big cowboys from the stands at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Sunday, July 4. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

Avery Randall and Brixlyn Paffile behind the chutes before they take their ride in the mutton bustin' event at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Saturday, July 3. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

The hills of Vale paint the background of two boys sitting behind the chutes at the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

News tip? Contact multimedia journalists Austin Johnson at [email protected] or Angelina Katsanis at [email protected]

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