Children compete in Mutton Busting event

Friday, July 26, 2013
Ayden Frerking, of Corder, picks himself up after riding a sheep until the buzzer sounded Thursday, July 25. (Sarah Reed/The Concordian)

Thirty young athletes tested their grit as they sprang through a shoot during the Mutton Busting event at the Corder Picnic.

The event was held Thursday, July 25, which marked the first day of the three-day picnic. Taking first place was Ayden Frerking, of Corder, with Conner Riker, of Lexington, in second.

Children as young as 3 years old participated in the competition -- some swept up in the crowd's excitement while others calmly walked out of the arena, but all of them thoroughly muddy.

The show was followed by a rodeo, hosted by C-R McKellips Rodeo Co. The picnic continues Friday evening with a talent show, the Miss Corder Pageant and a VFW beer garden and dance. The carnival will remain on site through Saturday, with more activities planned Saturday for both children and adults.

Trayvon Portell-Herron, of Higginsville, clings to the side of a sheep to stay off the ground during the Mutton Busting event at the Corder Picnic. (Sarah Reed/The Concordian)

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