The "Winter Show" celebrates 76 years(WDAY TV) -- North Dakota's "Winter Show" is celebrating it's 76th Anniversary. From rodeos and cowboy culture this indoor event is a hit each year.
(WDAY TV) -- North Dakota's "Winter Show" is celebrating it's 76th Anniversary. From rodeos and cowboy culture this indoor event is a hit each year.
Kory Sorby/Winter Show worker: "We wear a different hat everyday."
Through the mud, the muck and that smell,
Sorby: "We had a hog show in here yesterday."
It doesn't matter who you ask.
Sorby: "You're just basically a floater."
If you need a pair of cattle ranch hands, he's your helper.
Sorby: "The more years experience you have, the more titles and positions you're going to find."
Here, in Valley City, and behind these barn walls, it less about the time and more about the love.
Sorby: "If we didn't like it, we sure ain't doin' it for the money."
Kory Sorby's been has a special connection with this rodeo.
Sorby: "It's just something, growing up around here, you always took it in."
And the people, they have a special connection with him.
Ben Jacob/friend: "The passion is there and you don't even think about the hours that you put in it. It's the love of the game."
Kory's been apart of this game from practically his beginning, back in 1963.
Sorby: "I was born that year."
The same year this arena was built.
Sorby: "Matter of fact I had an uncle who helped wire this thing."
And since then it's been his labor of love.
Cheryl Sorby/Winter Show Worker: "Yeah, ya gotta love it. Why not? It's Winter Show time."
That's his wife, Cheryl, another pair of hard working hands.
Cheryl Sorby: "I would say it's pretty much 24-7. We are here at eight in the morning, maybe seven. And we leave at 10, 11, 12. Turn around and do it again."
She measures her days in rodeos. But for him,
Sorby: "Without the volunteers, this won't happen."
It's less about the minutes and the hours gone by.
Sorby: "76 years of putting on a show."
And more about the memories made.
The Winter show runs through Sunday.