The city of Springdale is expected to double in size when the annual rodeo rides into town this weekend. But, Monday, event organizers woke up to find the Frontier Days Arena trashed by vandals to the tune of about $2,000.
A sign greets drivers as they pass through the tiny town of Springdale, telling them of the biggest event of the year. The town welcomes hundreds of people every year, on the third week of July. But, Monday morning's discovery proves, it's going to take a lot of hard work to get ready for this year's Frontier Days celebration.
"I don't know why someone would want to do this," said Dean Seagle, as he overlooked the damage. "It is such a small community. Just a couple of kids ruin it for everyone."
Someone broke into the area overnight, breaking fences and picnic tables. The vandals also ripped the plywood off the crow's nest, where the timers and announcers sit during the rodeo.
"We don't have any money," explained Seagle. "So, picnic tables, fencing, everything is going to come from our land payment. It really puts us behind."
But, $2,000 and a few days of hard work doesn't scare the men and women who put on this event each year. By the weekend, they'll be back on the horse, with the same spirit that allows them to put on the event in the first place.
"It's a big deal," Seagle said. "For some people, this probably doesn't look like much. But for us, it hurts."