River rodeo makes waves in Dillsboro

out rodeoThe River Rescue Rodeo held on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro last weekend attracted a host of paddling teams to test their river rescue skills, including swift-water rescues, throw rope competitions and a knot-tying rodeo.

A number of local volunteers and Landmark Learning instructors, which sponsored the event, worked as judges and mock “victims” for the rescue scenarios throughout the day.

Western Carolina University was the top finisher with the Cincinnati Paddlers and Warren Wilson College following close behind. The winning teams took home more $1,000 worth of prizes.

Landmark Learning, a wilderness training school located in Cullowhee, is already planning next year’s rodeo. 

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