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Attendance Growing at Augusta Rodeo

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More than a thousand people piled inside an arena at a horse farm near Raphine Saturday night to check out the region's newest indoor entertainment venue.

Old Grey Mare's Acres is hosting its first bull riding and rodeo shows after jumping through hoops to get the county's approval. Sunday's event was the second rodeo show at the farm.

Attendance was double what it was from the first rodeo and the owner - Mare Scott - says she expects that number to keep growing.

"It's just a really good clean, fun yee-haw time," Scott said.

Dozens of bull riders put on a show for the audience and kids even got in on the fun. Seven-year-old Grant Bryant got his bull riding career started a little early - on the back of a sheep.

"People will help you get over the gate then sit down on the sheep then you're going to, as soon as you get on there you're going to cross your feet up and then hang on to all the wool," Bryant explained.

Scott says there are rules in order to keep it a family friendly event and to not disturb the farm's neighbors in Raphine. A county permit requires all music off by 10:30 p.m.

Scott feels there was a need in the community for a place like this one.

"The people of Augusta County, Rockbridge County some of the other neighboring, they really want to see bull riding," she said.

Harley Bradley and her friends were impressed by the rodeo show itself - and the arena.

"This arena's pretty fit for it, it's indoor, and it's probably your biggest, nicest arena around for riding bulls and everything," Bradley said.

Owners are currently trying to get the Virginia High School Rodeo Association involved in the fun.

Scott says she can't believe how much success the arena is already experiencing.

"The first one was good, this one is better."

And Scott says she hopes the third event is even better.

That barrel racing event will be at the arena Saturday, February 23.

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