Mutton Busting Provides Taste of Rodeo Fun Set for Later This Week at the Southwest Washington Fair


Youngsters looking to get a taste of rodeo life can try their hand at mutton busting at the Southwest Washington Fair this week.

Set up between the horse barns and the grandstands, mutton busting provides a preview of the rodeo fun to come this week. Participants are placed on top of a sheep and released from a chute while wearing protective gear.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Lewis County Rodeo — presented by Sorenson Transport Co. — will begin in the grandstands.

“Broncos, bulls and cowboys!” fair organizers wrote in promotional material. “The rodeo is an action-packed event that is sure to thrill all who attend. The grandstands will be ready for you and the saddles will be ready for their riders. Come watch as these cowboys and cowgirls compete in various events throughout the night.”

This year’s rodeo is sanctioned by the National Professional Rodeo Association.

Events will include bareback riding, tie down roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Visit or stop by the Southwest Washington Fair office for ticket information.