Kodiak Rodeo Goes on Despite Lack of Ferry

Even with the state ferry Tustumena sidelined, the Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo was a go.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- Even with the state ferry Tustumena sidelined, the Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo was a go.
Horses and cattle couldn't arrive from the mainland, and some riders and volunteers couldn't afford to fly.
But that didn't keep a few hundred people away from the Kodiak Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.
What seemed like a vague dream not too long ago instead became a success.
Volunteers stepped up, Chris Flickinger volunteered his stock and Craig Stratman brought horses. Some workers and riders flew in.
Rodeo announcer James Hastings says Alaska's rodeo community is small and everyone knows each other. So when the ferry breaks down, as it has in Kodiak's case, people line up to help put on the show.