Hindsville Man Attends Rodeo Every Year Since 1944

HINDSVILLE -- One local man is such a fan of the Rodeo of the Ozarks, he has not missed a single year since the tradition began in 1944.

Frank Fitch says he has made a lot of memories at these rodeo grounds, including one of the first years, when the makeshift bleachers collapsed.

The 80 year old Hindsville native says the early days of the rodeo had more of a family atmosphere, but today's professional riders are exciting to watch.

"When it first started a lot of it was just cowboys off the ranch," said Fitch. "Now, they was pretty good riders, but they might a not a been a scorin' like they do today. But as far as sticking to a horse, they could hang in there."

Fitch plans to attend the show Saturday, and says he will keep coming as long as he is able to climb the bleachers to his favorite spot.

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