Record Turnout for 2018 Special Needs Rodeo

The Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo draws a crowd every year but special attention is given to certain members of the community and for good reason. The annual Special Needs Rodeo provides an opportunity for those with special needs and their families to enjoy the excitement of this annual event. The Special Needs Rodeo kicked off on Wednesday evening with a carnival held at the Western Park Hockey Rink. Bounce houses, games, prizes, and even a mechanical bull provided thrills for the record crowd. Event organizer MaryAnn Spainhower says there were well over 100 special needs guests and an additional 150 family members that attended, which was a huge jump from previous years. Those who attended were also given two tickets to the rodeo for Thursday night that are located in special seating aimed at making the experience a positive one for the group’s variety of special needs. Wednesday’s event also drew names for who will serve as the special rodeo Kings and Queens for the next 3 nights. The lucky winners were King Creed Grover and Queen Rajia Manning for Thursday night, King Mike Jackson and Queen Sonja Stevens for Friday night, and King Toby Evenson and Queen Cami Mansfield for Saturday night. Spainhower was thrilled by the turnout and says donations and sponsors are more than welcome as the event continues to grow each year.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.