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Junior rodeo pushed to August, seeks volunteer help

Lakeview’s Junior Rodeo is being moved to Aug. 9 this year from the traditional early- June date of the event.

Finding a date to maximize turnout for youth competitors between school finals, summer vacations or jobs and other junior rodeos has proven difficult, with the date change being suggested for several years according to Harrington.

The junior rodeo will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Events include team pinning, calf roping, ribbon roping, barrel pulls, goat tying, dummy roping and more. Competitors are required to provide their own horse.

Kids are separated into four different categories for events: Pee-wees (4-7), Juniors (8-10), Intermediate (11-13), and Seniors (14-18). Buckles are awarded as prizes, with hopes that increased sponosorship would provide larger prizes such as saddles. Entry fee costs are $10 for Pee-wees, $20 for Juniors and Intermediates, and $25 for Seniors. Bull riding entry cost is $35, plus a $5 insurance fee for all kids participating in any of the events.

While Greenfield and Harrington say that around 100 kids have participated in recent years with numbers increasing, there is a tremendous need for additional volunteers and committee members that organize the event in order to sustain the event this year and beyond. Several seats are currently vacant on the committee that oversee the annual rodeo.

Founded in 1963, the Junior Rodeo is an annual event eligible for kids ages 4-18. The rodeo has scaled back, previously a two-day event until recent years, and formerly part of a circuit of rodeos throughout Oregon.

Sponsors are also needed for the event, which covers prizes and costs for the event.

The next meeting of the Junior Rodeo committee will be held June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Home Health Office at 922 S. 7th St., all are welcome to attend.

For more information on the Junior Rodeo please contact Mesa Greenfield at 541-219-0439 or lakecountyjuniorrodeo@gmail.com.

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