Missouri High School Rodeo begins Wednesday

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | 2:26 p.m. CDT; updated 12:04 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — A fundraiser for disaster relief in Joplin will kick off the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals this Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

The fundraiser part will be barrel racing, and it is open to the public — anyone can compete.

"It was going to be a fundraiser for us," Michelle Brookshier, rodeo student vice president and senior competitor, said. "But we have a lot of people from there (Joplin) involved in rodeo who have been affected."

The first two rounds of competition will be held Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. The final short-go, involving the top 12 competitors, will be Saturday night at 6 p.m. Awards will follow at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The top four finishers will qualify for the 2011 National High School Rodeo finals, which will be July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.

Events include saddle bronc, bareback riding, breakaway roping, goat tying, calf roping, steer wrestling, pole bending, team roping and barrel racing.

Tickets are $6 for each performance or $15 for a for an event pass.

To get to the fairgrounds, take US-63 North to the Oakland Gravel Road exit.

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