The annual Ninilchik Rodeo, held every July Fourth weekend, celebrated 60 years this past weekend under blue skies and soaring temperatures at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds.
Kicking off Friday, this year’s rodeo was free to enter and focused on a theme of “rooted in history.”
From barrel races to bull calf riding, the rodeo served up a dose of traditional horsemanship and other rodeo staples.
Rodeo organizers created a break in the action on Saturday to hold a session on the history of the Ninilchik Rodeo, telling stories of its creators and how it got to the present day.
While celebrating its past, the rodeo also continued to reinvent itself with a brand new event this year — horse racing on the beach in Ninilchik.