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May 2024 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Rides

Go ahead! Race through these photos. But then slow down and take another lap.

Saddle up or start your engines. Buckle up and hang on tight. Whether it’s on horseback, farm equipment or a thrilling carnival attraction, these rides will blow your hair back.

Ronald Havard, United Cooperative Services: “I caught this jet engine dragster racing a P-51 Mustang during an airshow. It was close, but the Mustang won.”

Lindsay Humphreys, South Plains EC: “My son, Brazos, and his grandfather, Bobo, run the barrels at the Dickens County 4-H playday.”

Mark McClendon, Bandera EC: The Poteet Strawberry Festival.

Ronald Havard, United Cooperative Services: A junior rodeo contestant rounding a barrel at full speed.

Sherrie Bennett, Sam Houston EC: “Grandma ‘Naw’ can still hang with the grands. This was taken at the Walker County Fair in Huntsville.”

Theresa McKee, Fannin EC: The Texas Star Ferris wheel at the state fair in Dallas.

Dawn Angove, Grayson-Collin EC: “Two-year-old Park Angove moves from tricycle to tractor.”

Annie Simon, GVEC: A Comal County Fair bull rider kicks up a little dust.

Lindsay Humphreys, South Plains EC: “My daughter’s first flag race at the Motley County Old Settlers Reunion & Rodeo.”

Kristen Brown, Pedernales EC: Rodeo Austin dragon ride.

Brandi Putman, Wood County EC: “This pre-1905 Weber wagon is a family heirloom. This is my dad, Mike Banks, who last rode in the wagon when he was 4.”

Mike Prestigiacomo, Bartlett EC: “Getting ready.”

Teresa Wiist, Rusk County EC: The East Texas Yamboree in Gilmer.

Audrey Schmidt, Bluebonnet EC: Schmidt, 17, is a Texas 4-H photography ambassador who volunteers to shoot the Burton Cotton Gin Festival every year. This is from the 2023 morning parade.

Kristi Ford, CoServ: “The first time my son rode a merry-go-round was at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton. He was grinning from ear to ear that whole day.”

Norman Doré, Deep East Texas EC: “Walking in the woods in Sabine County, I came across this old, abandoned school bus.”

Rayona Meuth, Bluebonnet EC: Breck and Brayden are grandsons of Kirk and Rayona Meuth.

Denise Sellers, Pedernales EC: “My grandson riding a hippo in Hutto.”