The 81st Annual La Junta Kids Rodeo and Race meet will take place this coming weekend at the Kids Rodeo grounds north of La Junta.
As usual, there are three divisions for competitors. The seniors division is for cowboys and cowgirls ages 14-18, the juniors division is ages 10-13, and the tiny tots is ages 6-9.
The rodeo events for the senior boys include bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping and chute dogging. The races will be the 220-yard race, the 3/8-mile race and the three-horse relay.
For senior girls, the rodeo events are barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying and and pole bending. On the track will be the 14-hand race, the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.
Both boys and girls can compete in team roping.
The junior boys' rodeo events will be steer riding, pole bending, the flag race, goat tying and breakaway roping.
The junior girls rodeo events will be in barrel racing, pole bending, the flag race, goat tying and breakaway roping.
The race for both junior boys and girls will include the small pony race, the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.
The tiny tots rodeo events for both boys and girls are barrel racing, pole bending, the flag race and goat tying. The only race for both boys and girls tiny tots is the Shetland Pony race.
The rodeo will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The start time for Friday and Saturday is at 5 p.m., and on Sunday, it will begin at 2 p.m.
Other activities will include the queen contest on Thursday at the Valley Cowboy Church, which is south of the rodeo grounds. Check-in is at 5 p.m., and the modeling competition begins at 5:30 p.m. The queen horsemanship competition will be later in the day at the rodeo grounds.
Unfortunately, there will be no parade this year.
Tickets for the rodeo will be sold at the gate. The admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children under five are admitted free of charge.
There are also weekend passes. The prices are $10 for adults, $6 for children, and children under five are free.