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The Cowtown Rodeo keeps the cowboy experience alive in New Jersey

Photos by Tom Mihalek / Reuters

A steer is roped by one of the two cowboys in the Team Roping event at Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown, New Jersey, July 7, 2012.

Troy Alexander, from Federalsburg, Maryland, concentrates as he prepares for a ride on bull "I-33" on Saturday.

From the Cowtown Rodeo website:

Cowtown Rodeo was started in conjunction with the Salem County Fair in Woodstown NJ in 1929. The rodeo was held annually during the Fair until 1937. World War II caused the rodeo to be put on hold until 1955

Howard Harris Sr. and and his son, Stoney worked together to establish what is now known as the "oldest weekly rodeo in the United States." Cowtown Rodeo was, and is, known nationwide due to live national TV exposure in 1957 and 1958 and taped exposure nationwide in 1968 and 1969. The rodeo outgrew the original arena and in 1967 Harris built the present arena with a seating capacity of 4000.


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Eddie Anderson, 17, of Franklinville, New Jersey, competes in the junior bull riding division.