Cowboy Up

Rodeo -- where eight seconds of pain avoidance make a champion

 SAT 11/22

You consider yourself a dyed-in-rawhide, real deep-down country boy with a penchant for ten-gallon Stetsons, a fresh tin of Skoal, and cowgirls in tight Wranglers? Are some of your favorite flicks Rhinestone, Urban Cowboy, and How the West Was Won? Then saddle up, pardner, and get your ass over to Davie this weekend for some top-notch cowboy action. The 63rd-annual "Sunshine State Championship Rodeo" takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds (4271 Davie Rd., Davie).

This rodeo, the final event of the 2003 season at the Bergeron facility, involves the top 40 bull riders from across the land competing for the ultimate end-of-year title. Along with the throng of bull riders, activities Saturday night will include clowns, trick ropers, and Frisbee dogs, along with a mechanical bull for those with a mean streak and pony rides for the kids.

The rodeo — hopefully hemorrhoid-free
The rodeo — hopefully hemorrhoid-free

So show up Saturday night, make sure to wear your spurs, crack open a brew or two, and enjoy some good country-western tunes while you check out the best bull-riding talent Florida has to offer. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for kids age 12 and younger. Call 954-389-5311. -- Russ Evans

Skate or Don't

Team Pines schools beginners and pros

SAT 11/22

You got the need for speed? If you've always wanted to Rollerblade with the best of them but never learned the basics, Team Pines has your fix. Their operation at Brian Piccolo Park (9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City) offers in-line skating classes to teach you the ropes of speed skating and offers practices seven days a week to fit anyone's schedule. Practice Monday through Friday is 6 to 9 p.m., with two sessions Saturday at 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Team Pines also holds an Outdoor Fitness Race weekend every few months to train for. The next upcoming race weekend is January 2004, so even beginners could participate if they get going soon. Team dues are $17 per month. Call 954-437-2626. -- Russ Evans

 
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