Riding a bull at the rodeo

FIRST PHOTO: Kahului School student Kaylia Ferguson, 8, rides the mechanical bull like a champ Friday at the Oskie Rice Arena. The booth run by Da Party Bull LLC is set up just behind the rodeo grandstand. Kaylia said she already competed in barrel racing and qualified for today’s Makawao Rodeo show. The 58th annual rodeo is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. today and Sunday. Today’s rodeo show follows Makawao’s annual 4th of July Parade, which begins with a traditional stick horse race up and down Baldwin Avenue at 8:45 a.m.

SECOND PHOTO: Roper Nick Lopes, 15, practices his technique on a practice calf outside Oskie Rice Arena. The King Kekaulike student said that he and team partner Henry Wong had already qualified for this weekend’s show.