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Photo Gallery: Night at the Rodeo

Double M is full of tosses and turns

Double M Professional Rodeo July 4

Double M Professional Rodeo July 4 Photo by John McIntyre.

— A sign of summer in Ballston Spa is the Double M Professional Rodeo each Friday and Saturday night.

Saratoga County's only professional rodeo features Bronc and Bull riding, Barrel Racing, and Roping each week while hosting special entertainment such as trick riding, country-western singing acts and contests.

While many other sports pay their athletes, rodeo participants pay an entry fee and only receive prize money for a high finish in an event. This is not a exhibition, but a sport that takes tremendous skill and coordination between the athletes and animals.

We spent a few weeks this year taking pictures and found that this is one of the fastest and unpredictable sports we have covered. You never know what is going to happen and who will make a full ride or catch a calf.

Double M offers a barbeque before each rodeo and is 1 mile west of exit 12 of the Northway. The Rodeo runs each weekend through Labor Day. Events start at 8 p.m. It is worth the trip.

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