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Daughter of the late Wilbur Demanett

PLAINVILLE -- It's like father, like son and daughter for Scott Minium.

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Daughter of the late Wilbur Demanett

PLAINVILLE -- It's like father, like son and daughter for Scott Minium.

Minium, a Morland farmer and rancher, has been competing in rodeos since he was in high school.

Now it's a family affair as his daughter Rylie, 5, and son, Rance, 3, are following in his footsteps.

Rance took a turn at mutton bustin' Friday night before the start of the Plainville Saddle Club KPRA Rodeo.

Rylie has competed in the past, but "she's gettin' a little girly on us," Scott Minium said.

However, she raced across the arena in the kids' boot scramble.

"They both love to ride," Leanne Minium said of her children.

Scott Minium competes in six to 12 area rodeos a year, depending on his work schedule.

He and his brother, Dustin Minium, were the first pair out of the gate in the team roping event Friday night.

Leanne doesn't participate in rodeos, but goes along to cheer for the rest of her family.

"She's my physical therapist," Scott Minium said.

The Friday night rodeo was a family outing for many. The bleachers were filled with young and old alike enjoying the competition and humorous banter between announcer Roger Mooney and clown Allan Dessel.

Bill and Patti Beasley came from Topeka to watch their grandchildren, Tristan and Katlyn Hageman, compete in mutton bustin'.

This was the Beasleys' first time watching their grandchildren compete, Patti Beasley said.

"They held on till they fell off," Bill Beasley said. "They bounced well."

Bill Beasley shook his grandchildren's hands and congratulated them on a job well done before he and Patti left.

The 2013 event was in tribute to Colburn Patterson, a Plainville Saddle Club member who died in an accident approximately 10 months ago.

The ranch bronc riding event was renamed Colburn Patterson Memorial Ranch Bronc Riding in his memory.

Friday night was bittersweet for his mother, Diona Patterson, as she remembered his love for horses and rodeos.

Colburn went on his first trail ride, the Butterfield Trail Ride along the Smoky Hill River, when he was just 10 months old, she said.

"We couldn't keep his boots on, so we tied them together with twine," she said.

The rodeo, which continued Saturday night was part of the 2013 Paradise Creek Festival, which continues with events at Plainville Township Lake today.