Laughs, cheers and smiles were had in abundance on Saturday morning when the World's Smallest Rodeo took center stage in Rushmore Hall during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo.

Kids ages 3 to 5 took turns barrel racing, pole bending and wild riding on stick horses with everyone, spectators and competitors alike, coming out a winner.

Tanse Herrmann of Sturgis said he, his wife, Tonya, and their daughter, Tayzi, attend rodeos in the summer and thought the World's Smallest Rodeo was a great chance for Tayzi to get into the ring and see what it's all about. Tayzi, 5, said her favorite event was the wild ride.

Three-year-old Ridge Lanka of Box Elder agreed, calling the wild ride "the best." Her father, Zach Lanka, said they have been coming to the Black Hills Stock Show for years, and their 5-year-old son, Retta, participated a couple of years ago, too.

As for what brought them back?

"It's fun," Zach said.

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