WATCH: Laramie County kids try hand at Mutton Bustin’ on Tuesday in front of Brody Cress

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:33 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It was Mutton Bustin’ time at the Laramie County Fair on Tuesday night.

Kids aged five to eight strapped on a caged helmet and held on for dear life as they wrapped their arms and legs around a sheep as it bolted out of a chute.

“I haven’t rode for a whole year and I haven’t watched it a lot. So I was a little nervous to do it,” said seven-year-old Emerson Redden.

Tuesday’s event garnered a nice turnout, with many parents and family members near the chutes and in the stands cheering on their kids. Everson’s mom was no different. His mom is Hannah Redden, the current Mrs. Wyoming America.

She said she was thrilled to be at the fairgrounds and to be representing Wyoming.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Hannah Redden. “The State of Wyoming is just incredible, the great Cowboy State. Just to see like, especially little kids, little girls, who are just smiling and tickled with the crown and the sash, it’s just such an honor. I’m so happy to be here.”

There celebrity appearances did not end there, however. Three-time Cheyenne Frontier Days Saddle Bronc Champion Brody Cress was in attendance.

Cress, a Hillsdale native and Cheyenne East graduate, was in town for just a two and he and 2020 NFR Saddle Bronc qualifier Lefty Holman came to the fairgrounds to spend time with the kids.

The two rodeo stars also filled in as Mutton Bustin’ judges for the evening. Cress competed in Mutton Bustin’ at the Laramie County Fair in the early 2000′s.

“You know it’s amazing,” said Cress. “It means a lot to me, these kids looks up to me and I remember that everyday. Through all the ups and downs that we go through in rodeo, moments like this and having little kids look up to you, that’s what matters and that’s where you can make a difference in what you remember down the road.”

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