With the Toppenish Rodeo in town this weekend, it is often accompanied by the Rascal Rodeo. It's a great service for kids with special needs to be in a controlled environment to learn how to use a lasso, milk a (fake) cow and see horses up close and even ride them. Best of all, it's free.
This event is only an hour-long, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd. They're also looking for volunteers if you can help or even has a horse you can volunteer. Volunteer hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
This is an event my kids and I have gone to for the past several years. It's a wonderful service and organization and can't thank them enough to give my children opportunities like this.
You're greeted upon arrival, your children get a free shirt and even neckerchief and hat if they wish. Then, from there, they're basically free to roam around the dirt-filled area and enjoy the different exhibits from horse-riding (probably the most popular) as your child is well supervised and placed in headgear. Other events include riding a rocking barrel that resembles a bull, how to lasso, milk these fake udders and more. All in fresh dirt which is always fun.
It's a great time and a great cause. My kids and I wouldn't miss it.
You can register your special needs children and their siblings in advance at rascalrodeo.org.
Here's a few shots from the Rascal Rodeo in 2019.
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