With the Cloverdale Rodeo just around the corner, there are many superstitions arriving along with it.
Ranging from cleaning yourself up to eating a hot dog, here are some tips for the traditional cowboy, cowgirl, or cowbaby.
1. In any rodeo competition, it is seen as bad luck to compete with loose change in your pocket. Perhaps the noise is a distraction; the weight may cause you to be unbalanced, or simply having monetary bills on hand illuminates more luck than loose change. Who knows?
2. Be good to the environment and never kick a paper cup at the event. Pick it up instead and put it in the garbage. If not, the paper cups blow around they tend to spook the horses and cause them to run around and cause havoc.
3. Yellow is not a lucky color. Wearing any shade of yellow to the event is seen as “cowardly” and may indicate the outcome of the events. Wear dominate and confident colors such as reds and blues.
4. Use your hat rack and don’t put your hat on the bed. This is a common superstition that makes the claim that by putting your cowboy hat on the bed may result in injury at the event because of its close association with laying to rest.
5. Don’t eat peanuts or popcorn. This is quite simple. Dry and small foods have a tendency to be a choking hazard.
To bring luck at the event, one should wear different color socks on each foot. Shaving before competition pleases lady luck and eating a hotdog brings you a better chance at winning.
Fingers crossed and giddy up.
– Shana Vanderark is an author and mother. Follow her on Instagram @ShanaMamaa