When Misty Judd's son Logan was just one, he began mutton-busting.

If that sounds crazy to you -- or if you don't know what mutton-busting is -- you probably shouldn't let your child enter the Little Buckaroo Rodeo at the Summit County Fair.

(For the record, mutton-busting involves riding sheep much like how a cowboy rides bulls in a rodeo.)

Cowboys will get their chance to compete in the annual PRCA Rodeo at the Summit County Fair on Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9, but for those up to 14 years old, the latter can be like the big boys and compete in the traditional Little Buckaroo Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday.

This year's event will, for the first time, include pony riding, breakaway riding, goat-tying, and even bull-riding, as Judd, the second-year head of the Buckaroo Rodeo, brings her six years of experience with running the Henefer Local Buckaroo Rodeo to her hometown of Coalville.

The Buckaroo Rodeo is not a new thing for the Summit County Fair, as Judd said it has been around for more than 30 years. She grew up on a ranch and around horses, so she sees the rodeo for the youngsters as just a natural extension of what they do on farms around the county.

For example, on Thursday there is a sheep-milking contest, in which the young participants will get a Dixie cup and race to see who can get sheep's milk in their cup first.


On Wednesday, there is goat-tying, in which the object is to race to the end of the rodeo arena to where a goat is staked out on a 10-foot rope. The competitors have to catch the goat, throw it to the ground, and tie three of its feet together.

In this and many of the other events, practice makes perfect. "If there's livestock around, you can practice," Judd said.

The Little Buckaroo Rodeo will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m., and on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Summit Countt Fairgrounds in Coalville.