Pancakes, pals and a parade were all part of this morning's rodeo week celebration. Sheridan Media's Leslie Stratmoen was on site and brings us this report.
Jumping off the bed and racing in your sneakers to the table for pancakes sounds like a typical day at grandmas for some. But I'm talking about the WyoRodeo events held his morning in downtown Sheridan – the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Sneakers and Spurs run and bed races. Yes, bed races.
The morning began with the sweet smell of flapjacks filling the air as people from across the state and beyond made their way to the griddles. And for some, like Don Verley of Sheridan and his sister, Verna Holmes of Tennessee, meeting around the breakfast table was like old times, and so were the two fingers Don held up behind his sister's head when I snapped their picture.
Moving on to the griddle line, I hear a woman announce that someone got a special flapjack.
Flapjacks were flipping fast and furious, with Rick Levi behind the spatula.
Others helped, of course, in fact, there was an entire team of people serving up the meal because the breakfast line ran about a block long right up until the Wyo Rodeo events started. First up was the Sneakers and Spurs Rodeo Run. Four of the state's top runners, from high school and college, fought for the lead, with Alejandro Garcia of Pine Bluffs taking the win. The second, third and fourth-place finishers were Michael Rotellini of Sheridan, Michael Kesy of Cheyenne and Kyle Dietsche of Sheridan, in that order. All four, I learned, have raced against each other, many times, and Garcia's win today was an upset.
Coming up next was the bed race, which to someone like me, who's never seen one before, was a pretty interesting ride, with teams of runners pushing a ramped up bed, steered by a driver, racing to the finish line, but not before scaring the crowd, a bit, by veering off course.
In the end, after three heats, and a semi-final, the Kane Cattle Company team came in first, and the company's owner Chas Kane was happy about that.
The finale for the morning's events was the parade. To see photos and read more about the WyoRodeo activities, go to sheridanmedia.com.