High Plains Junior Rodeo kicking off next week

File photo The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals are set to begin July 20 at the Curry County Events Center.

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In its 37th year, the High Plains Junior Rodeo will kick off July 20, beginning three days of competition at the Curry County Events Center.

The rodeo will feature youth ages 6-18 in action-packed competitions in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, calf, steer and bull riding, calf roping, ribbon roping, shoe dogging, breakaway roping and more, said coordinator Rana Terry with the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce.

“You get to see rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, beginners to experts,” she said. “I know for me, it’s fun to watch the little guys … They’re whoopin’ and spurrin’ the whole time.”

Terry said the rodeo is family-friendly entertainment with good action.

Competitors hail from Texas and New Mexico, Terry said, and work throughout the year to make it to the finals.

Events will begin at 9 a.m. daily, lasting for around three to four hours.

July 20 there will be an evening performance beginning at 6 p.m., July 21 at 7 p.m. a dinner and auction will be held and July 22 there will be an awards banquet at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and children 6 and under are admitted free.

The dinner is $10 per plate, Terry said.