Rodeo world championship comes to Cumming

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CUMMING, Ga. — This Labor Day weekend, thousands will gather at the Cumming Fairgrounds to enjoy an American tradition that’s been around since the days of the Wild West – the rodeo. The International Professional Rodeo Association World Championships will be coming to Cumming.

At the rodeo, there will be seven events: bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and saddle bronc riding. For those not so well-versed in rodeo events, here’s a brief explanation of the ones that aren’t so obvious from their names.

Steer wrestling, or bulldogging, is an event in which a horse-mounted rider chases down a steer and, after jumping from horse to steer, wrestles it to the ground.

Barrel racing is a timed event where horse-mounted riders race around a setup of barrels.

Team roping is the same as calf roping, in which a single horse-mounted cowboy lassoes and ties up a calf, except, as the name suggests, it is done with a team of two instead of just one cowboy, where one cowboy ropes the front legs as the other ropes the back legs. They work together to tie the calf’s legs and finish the event.

In all of the events, even tenths of a second can make the difference between first, second and third place.

In between events, there are small performances and routines done by the rodeo clowns. In addition to this, Tracy Helms, the events coordinator for the Cumming Fairgrounds, said there will be “an act during intermission brought in by an IPRA contractor.” At the time of this writing, what exactly that act would be was unknown.