State high school rodeo finals begin Thursday

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 6:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — About 75 high school students from across the state will compete in the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals from Thursday through Sunday in Columbia.

The competition begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds and concludes with an awards ceremony on Sunday. Tickets are $6 per person for a daily pass or $15 for an event pass.

Girls events include barrels racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying, while boys compete in bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, tiedown calf roping and steer wrestling. Coed teams compete in a team roping event. 

The top four finishers in each event qualify for the 2010 National High School Rodeo Finals from July 18 to 24 in Gillette, Wyo.

To get to Boone County Fairgrounds, go north on U.S. 63 to the Oakland Gravel Road exit ramp. Go right onto Oakland Gravel Road to the fairground entrance on the left.


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