<p>The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction, <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/arizona-guide/">Arizona</a>, embraces and promotes the cowboy heritage of the American West. In 2009, the <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/american-festivals/">American Festivals Project</a> headed out to take in the fun: the Lost Dutchman Days Parade, classic carnival rides, an arts and crafts fair, and a cash-prize rodeo.</p> <p>Here, 17-year-old Clayton Hill prepares to enter the rodeo arena on a bronco. A high school student, Hill travels to rodeos on weekends and earns thousands of dollars in prize money.</p> <p>Read more about the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo on the <a href="http://americanfestivalsproject.net">American Festivals Project blog</a>.</p>

Bucking Bronco

The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction, Arizona, embraces and promotes the cowboy heritage of the American West. In 2009, the American Festivals Project headed out to take in the fun: the Lost Dutchman Days Parade, classic carnival rides, an arts and crafts fair, and a cash-prize rodeo.

Here, 17-year-old Clayton Hill prepares to enter the rodeo arena on a bronco. A high school student, Hill travels to rodeos on weekends and earns thousands of dollars in prize money.

Read more about the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo on the American Festivals Project blog.

Photograph by Andrew Owen, American Festivals Project

Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo

See photos of the 2009 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction, Arizona, in this American Festivals Project travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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