University students compete in a rodeo Saturday in Paraiso

Saturday is a time for Stetsons, jeans and boots. University students will participate in the Rodeo Interuniversitario at  Paraíso de Cartago.

Teams and individuals from a number of schools will participate beginning at 10 a.m. Expected are students from the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Universidad de Costa Rica in San Pedro,  Universidad Latina, Universidad Veritas, Earth, the Universidad Técnica Nacional, Tecnológico de Costa Rica and the Universidad Internacional de Agricultura y Ganadería in Rivas, Nicaragua.

Students want to be able to go to school next week, so there are no events like bronco riding or bull riding.  There is a barrel-racing competition, and a couple of events to throw and tie up calves.

Another event involves catching and milking a goat.

A horse-and-rider event resembles musical chairs, except that the competitors seek a space in tires on the ground instead of in chairs.

Animals involved range from 250 to 300 kilos, some 550 to 660 pounds.

Visitors also can witness the traditional carrera de cintas, enjoy food and beverages and stick around for the western dance in the evening.

The organizers promise secure parking. Admission is 3,500 colons with a 1,000-colon parking fee.

The event will close with a fireworks display.

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