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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Basin City event highlights rural frustration

'Cowboy protest,' rodeo-style

 

Last updated 7/10/2020 at 3:23pm

Roger Harnack | Franklin Connection

Sydney Berquist of LaCrosse team. She ranked in first breaking the record for three-second-mark on breakaway roping.

BASIN CITY - What do you call it when more than 3,000 rural residents get together for the Fourth of July to rodeo, parade, dance and shoot off fireworks?

Well, rodeo clown turned Freedom Rodeo announcer J.J. Harrison calls it a "cowboy protest," a protest in which ruralites build up America instead of tearing it down. Harrison, of Walla Walla, emceed the inaugural Freedom Rodeo on July 3 and 4 in this city of 1,100 people in Franklin County.

The mask-optional "protest" rodeo took place in defiance of Gov. Jay Inslee's coronavirus-related shutdown of the county, and the state. Indeed, Basin...



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