Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton (third from the Left in photo) is helping spread awareness of domestic violence in the Bitterroot Valley. He and a whole host of other county and city officials and law enforcement have teamed up with SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments) to organize the Man Up Crusade Rodeo Friday night, August 31, at the Ravalli County Fair main arena. Sheriff Holton said some patrol cars will come into the arena about 7 p.m. with a group of supporters to make a brief presentation to the grandstand crowd. Then, the Rockin' RC NRA Rodeo will start, including a couple of Purple Bulls, where the prize money for an 8-second ride is in the thousands. If the rider wins, he gets half the pot. If the bull wins, all the money goes to SAFE. The Man Up group also has a booth under the grandstands at the main entrance, where you can check out a group of great raffle items.

Holton said that 50 percent of all law enforcement calls are related to domestic violence. "Man Up Crusade" stands for "Making Awareness Now Using Purple. The Hamilton event will be followed by more Man Up rodeos in Idaho. There is more information at the Man Up Crusade website and the SAFE website.