Cruising NWKS: Youth find work, play at rodeo
By GAYLE WEBER
PLAINVILLE -- Chad Lundeen caught a rare night off from work Friday.
And while he couldn't go home, he found the next best place to be.
"We miss all the fun stuff at home so we have to enjoy it on the road," the custom harvester from Oakley, Minn., said.
The Lundeen family, including wife Mary and sons Rylan, 4, and Dylan, 2, took in the Paradise Creek Festival Rodeo on Friday night after Chad Lundeen's harvest crew was "caught up" in the Plainville area.
"We'll go to Goodland next ... probably by the first part of the week," Chad Lundeen said.
His sons, along with many other area children, took part in Mutton Bustin' before Friday's rodeo, which was in its 12th year of revival to go along with the Paradise Creek Festival, which ran through the weekend.
"One liked it and one wouldn't try it," Lundeen said.
But for those children who were brave enough to attempt the ride on the back of a sheep, they had plenty of help in the arena from three sheep fighters.
Dalton, Kyler and Kolton Sander dreamed up the idea of being sheep fighters a few years ago. The brothers draw inspiration from their dad's cousin, 2009 PRCA bullfighter of the year Cory Wall.
"They have a role model, I guess," dad Brian Sander said, none too enthusiastically.
The boys follow Wall on the Internet and had the opportunity to meet other bullfighters when they went to Wall's wedding.
Although mom Trish Sander tried to tell the boys -- 12-year-old Dalton and 10-year-old twins Kyler and Kolton -- they were too old to fight sheep this year, they did it anyway, helping dust children off after they fell off the sheep and helping round up the sheep when there were too many loose in the arena. They spent the day Friday constructing costumes similar to what a bullfighter wears. Then family and friends painted the boys' faces.
"We wanted to be rodeo clowns because we like it," Kolton Sander said.
"We like helping the kids," Kyler Sander added.