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EIGHT-SECOND THRILLS - Bacigalupi, Cowboys Come Through For Oakdale Rodeo Crowd
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Oakdale-raised Bo Bacigalupi rides this bull for the full eight seconds to come away with around $600 in prize money during the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo on Saturday. - photo by PHOTO BY SCOTT OSLUND
The bull tried its darnedest, but the pesky frame of Oakdale native Bo Bacigalupi refused to be dislodged in an eight-second thrill on Saturday in front of a roaring crowd at the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo.
Bacigalupi’s 71-point ride gave him a third place standing on the first day, and a Sunday second day bucking landed him a seventh place overall finish among bull riders for winnings of nearly $600 for the weekend.
“If feels good to come to your hometown rodeo and stay on one,” Bacigalupi said Sunday night. “It was really great to come home and see the family.
“Nothing is more important than seeing your family and the people you love being around.”
Bacigalupi was fresh off a $2,00 purse and first place finish in the La Grange Rodeo, and will travel to compete in Lakeside, Red Bluff and Clovis in the next few weeks. His winter season had taken him to South Dakota and Texas in a busy season that has seen only 12 days of rest for Bacigalupi to head home to Oakdale.
The local rodeo gave the Oakdale High graduate and District 5 prep star a chance to compete against some of the nation’s best right in his own backyard.
Blake Hirdes of Turlock landed fifth in both team roping and tie-down roping and snared honors as the All-Around Cowboy for the weekend. He saw around $3,800 in total purse money for his efforts.
Oakdale steer-wrestler Ryle Smith also charged onto the local scene with a 4.7-second time to take the first day of steer wrestling and an $891 purse.
Other top finishes went to Cody DeMers (bareback riding, $1,806), Garrett Boekenoogen (steer wrestling, $2,135), Britt Williams/Derick Flemings (team roping, $4,323 each), Jess Jones (saddle bronc riding, $1,959) Monty Lewis (tie-down roping $3,130), Christina Richman (barrel racing, $2,120) and Cody Whitney (bull riding, $2,460).
The event saw a total payout of $95,038 and was heavily attended by rodeo fans from across the state. Rodeo clown Brian Potter delighted the crowd with some cantankerous antics inside the arena while One-Armed Bandit John Payne made onlookers gasp with some crowd-rousing trips atop a trailer (sometimes even moving) with a pair of burly buffaloes.
Oakdale’s Lance Harvey and his partner Bert McGill of Sanger missed the money after a tie came loose in their team roping dash on Saturday. The two were joined by Oakdale cowboys/cowgirls Daniel Green (team roping), Dani Leslie (steer wrestling, team roping), Lane Murray (team roping), Troy Murray (tie-down, team roping), Tyler Quiring (team roping) and Joseph Shawnego (team roping) on the participant list.