I happened to be in Clayton on the 4th July, Independence Day, and was able to take part in the festivities. There was a street parade, a barbecue in the afternoon and a rodeo in the evening. I attended all three. This happens once a year and is arranged by volunteers from the town. It's a big occasion for all the people, from very young to very old.
In the rodeo games, the partner to be picked up had to stand on top of an oil drum and then the rider had to race up and pick up the partner on the back of the horse and get back to the start without falling off. 1st prize was a weekend in a fancy hotel. Americans grow up tough in this town, one of the *partners* was a small child and daddy was on the horse.
The even smaller children *rodeoed* on the back of very large sheep but most fell off after about two seconds. One child I imagined was around 18 months old.
The main rodeo was by young men riding bucking broncos and then the very large zebu bulls who were in no mood to be messed with. One man got thrown and stamped on, limping back to the barricade and safety. Other games involved roping and *downing* calves. I was quite pleased when a lot of the baby calves escaped!!
It's worth reading about why the Rabbit Ears mountains are so called, they look nothing like rabbit ears, it's all about an Indian raid on the trade route by Chief Rabbit Ears. Look it up if you have time.
Definately visit the Dinosaur footprints at Clayton Lake State Park. They are an extremely impressive collection, along with tail drags etc.
The visitor center is an attraction in itself too. Its made out of straw bails, and keeps a perfect temperature all the time. They have a good video presentation about the dinosaur tracks too.
There are strange markings in the rock, perfect circles, maybe they are made by native americans, i dont think anybody know.
The nature trail at the park is pretty good too. There are some interesting scribings on the wall too.
Fishing is absolutely superb during the season, for Trout, Bass, Walleye and Catfish. Boats are allowed on the lake too at trolling speeds.
During the winter months it is a presrvation for thousands of Canadian Geese, and bald eagles too.
39 Reviews and Opinions
The plates were chipped, glasses cloudy and the cutlery was the cheapest. The only thing in its favour that they weren't using plastic plates and styrofoam mugs. This was a bit run down. Not surprising when you consider that the town is dying and that this was one of the two restaurants still open. The customers and staff knew each other well and there was that friendly small town feel about the place. The food was excellent and tasty. I had a glass of milk to drink as well and the whole thing came to $18.62. More than I was used to paying for a lunch, but there was not a lot of choice in town.
The restaurant had a couple of pictures on the wall of wild horses. I found the decor to be minimal.
Favorite Dish: I had topside of steak and mashed potatos and sweetcorn. A good down home kind of meal.