PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- It was a night of bull riding and barrel racing in honor of a Palmyra boy who lost his battle with muscular dystrophy.
The Chase Anderson MDA Memorial Rodeo kicked off at the Rockin' A Arena in Palmyra Friday night. Hundreds of people packed the stands to watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in several different events, including steer wrestling, calf and team roping and bronco riding. All the money raised will be donated to the MDA in memory of Chase.
Joel Anderson, Chase's dad says, "Chase loved the excitement of rodeo and all that big boom you heard in here that just really got him wild. He just loved fireworks and each night we're going to be setting off a lot of fireworks in his memory as well."
Friday would have been Chase's 19th birthday. He lost his battle with muscular dystrophy two years ago. Last year's event raised more than $25,000. The Rodeo continues Saturday night starting at 7:30.
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