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Keenan Hayes, a Hayden 10-year old, clings to his horse Sunday during a bronc riding competition at the Routt County Fair in Hayden. The rodeo element of the event, which brought the fair to a close, featured many cowboys — young and not-so-young — who came in with big dreams of a future roping and riding. Plenty took hard falls, but none were ready to give up.

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Routt County Fair's rodeo fosters cowboy dreams

In the world of rodeo, events like the Routt County Fair’s — a part of the Rocky Mountain Bronc Riders Association — are the minor leagues, and Sunday they were filled with cowboys struggling to keep their dreams alive.

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