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Appalled by rodeo behavior

Dear Editor:

Patron behavior by some individuals at our entrance gates at the Carbondale Rodeo is very disturbing. What has happened to the people of this valley? Do you not feel the need to pay your own way? So much so that you go to the extent of using foul language toward the volunteers taking the entrance fee?

Are you aware that this rodeo you all enjoy is run solely by volunteers who donate a minimum of two to seven hours of their personal time each Thursday? Most of them have already put in eight hours at their full-time jobs. I am the volunteer administrator and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association (CWWRA) secretary. I, too, volunteer my time to the CWWRA.

The gate volunteers are being harassed by rude, belligerent, foul-spoken patrons; individuals not wanting to pay the $8 admission fee or the $25 carload fee to attend the rodeo. Without the admission fee, this rodeo will not happen!

If you have an issue paying the entry fee, why don’t you volunteer your time? We are in need of volunteers and appreciate all the help we can get. Giving back to your community can have great rewards. Meet new people while enjoying this old-fashioned, hometown event.

Rodeo News has placed the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo series as one of the top 14 rodeos to see this summer. Many people come to vacation and visit our beautiful valley, and they have been told that the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is a must-see event where they can interact with the locals and be part of a wonderful, feel-good, small-town time!

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The behavior exhibited by some of our local patrons and the blatant disrespect toward the rodeo volunteers is unacceptable. It does not set the kind of positive example I know the citizens of this community are capable of. I am simply asking for kindness, respect and proper behavior toward your fellow community members.

However, act improperly and you will promptly be removed from the rodeo grounds by authorities.

Melanie Cardiff

CWWRA secretary/volunteer administrator

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