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Sunday’s Broncos game to feature small children riding sheep gone wild

A young boy falls off a sheep during the Mutton Bustin’ event at the 24th annual Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza at the Denver Coliseum during the 112th National Western Stock Show on Jan. 7. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

To give fans something to be happy about during Sunday’s football game, small children will hang on for their lives atop sheep running wild at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

The spectacle, known as mutton busting, has ties to Denver’s National Western Stock Show and will be kicked off at halftime of the Denver Broncos-Los Angeles Chargers game, which starts at 2:25 p.m.

Brave little ones ages 5 to 7 and under 50 pounds will mount charging sheep.

“Anything goes as contestants hold on as long as they can,” the Denver Broncos organization says in a news release about the event.

The event is part of the “fan appreciation game,” which also will feature nearly 1,000 gift cards passed out to tailgating fans, free sunglasses, a chance for kids and parents to play catch on the field post-game and other treats.

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