SPRINGDALE, Wash. - Springdale's annual town rodeo has been met with setbacks this year. Earlier this week vandals trashed the Frontier Days Arena to the tune of $2,000.
It might not have been an easy week for the event organizers but the Springdale community joined together when it mattered most.
They donated their time and money and in the end, the rodeo turned out better than expected.Springdale annual rodeo met with major setbacks
"I don't have words to express my thank you," Dean Seagle, one of the event organizers, said.
Last Monday Dean and the rest of the rodeo crew came to the arena grounds to find broken fences, picnic benches and tables. Vandals also ripped off plywood from the crow's nest, known as the headquarters of the rodeo where the timers and announcers sit.
"We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this place and to have that happen a week before the rodeo... just crushed us," Seagle said.
The clean up job didn't scare these cowboys and cowgirls. They saddled back on the horse and kept riding making sure the punks who did this, didn't get the last laugh.
"We have had people all over the state come to help us if it wasn't for them and the donations we got, we'd be stuck in a hole," Seagle said.
Lumber was donated along with picnic benches, tables and bark chips for the floor.
It might not have been what they expected but seeing a community come together is something they'll never forget.
"I just don't know where to start and where to finish when talking about all the donations we got," Seagle said.