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Disabled children get a chance at rodeo

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo is full of memories for everyone, but children with special needs received a memory they won't forget.

Thirty local children with special needs ranging from paralysis to mental disorders participated in a rodeo sponsored by local non profit, "Rascal Rodeo." Over sixty volunteers including professional cowboys and cowgirls spent the day teaching the young people the basics of a rodeo.

"This is a great opportunity for kids. We get them out on the arena floor, how often do kids get to come down or the arena floor? They get to see it first hand, get their feet dirty, it's a great time," says rodeo clown J.J. Harrison.

Children as young as two had a chance to learn bull riding, calf roping, and cow milking. The purpose of "Rascal Rodeo" is to share the experience of rodeos and western lifestyles with people facing different disabilities.