The 83rd Annual La Junta Kids Rodeo and Race Meet will take place this coming weekend at the rodeo grounds. However, the amount of spectators will be limited because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.


The attendance limit number was not available.


Spectators are also encouraged to wear a mask in case they are not able to distance from other attendees.


The rodeo is divided into three age divisions — seniors (ages 14-18), juniors (10-13) and tiny tots (6-9).


The senior boys rodeo events are ranch bronc riding, tie-down roping, chute dogging and bull riding. Their race events are the 3/8-mile race, the 220-yard race, and the three-horse relay.


For the senior girls, their rodeo events include goat tying, pole bending, breakaway roping and barrel racing. Their races are the 3/8-mile race, the 14-hand race and the 220-yard race.


Also in the senior division is team roping.


The junior boys rodeo events include pole bending, goat tying, flag racing, breakaway roping and steer riding.


The junior boys races include the small pony race, the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.


For the junior girls, their rodeo events include pole bending, goat tying, flag racing, breakaway roping and barrel racing.


Junior girls races are the small pony race, the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.


Also in the junior division is dally ribbon roping.


The tiny tot boys rodeo events are pole bending, goat tying, flag racing and barrel racing.


The only tiny tot boys race is the Shetland Pony race.


For the tiny tot girls, their rodeo events include pole bending, goat tying, flag racing and barrel racing.


Like the boys, the tiny tot girls only race is the Shetland Pony race.


The rodeo gets under way at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The awards will be given sometime after the Sunday performance has concluded.


There will be no Queen contest this year because of the COVID-19 concerns.


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