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Shoshoni Labor Day Rodeo gets going Saturday evening

Aug 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The 11th Annual Shoshoni Labor Day weekend rodeo, complete with wild cow milking and ribbon roping, starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the arena in Shoshoni.

Other events include trailer loading, team doctoring, team branding and bronc riding Saturday. Events will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The competition is a Wyoming Rodeo Association co-sanctioned event and will award buckles for winners.

Name change

A special dedication ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday for Art Shanley, an active community member who died Aug. 19. The Shoshoni Activities Association voted Tuesday to change the arena's name from the Shoshoni Activities Association Arena to the Art Shanley Memorial Arena.

"He was one of the driving forces behind getting the arena going," said his grandson CJ Vandermeulen. "He would spend hours down there working the grounds."

Vandermeulen added that his grandfather continued riding saddle bronc and herding cattle up until his death at the age of 83.

Shanley retired from the Wyoming Highway Department and was a volunteer fireman and emergency medical technician for more than 20 years.

He served for several years on the Shoshoni school board and Shoshoni and Fremont County recreation boards, and he was known for his involvement at the senior center, in the ranching community, and for hand-braiding halters and lead ropes.

"He was on the crew that built the arena, helped with events over the years and maintained equipment. (He) has been instrumental in helping the association obtain funding for upgrades and equipment at the rodeo grounds," said Dawn Marie Thacker, president of the association. "Art was always more than willing to help where needed and we, the Shoshoni Activities Association, can't think of a better way to honor his memory."

A celebration of life service took place Sunday at the Missouri Valley Meeting Hall with an attendance of more than 300 people, Vandermeulen said.

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