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Junior Rodeo is this weekend

by Heidi Alder

The best in the young west will be determined this weekend. The Douglas County Junior Rodeo will be ripping and roaring Aug. 6, 7 and 8.

Aug. 6 is the queen contest. Girls will be judged on a riding pattern, their personalities and outfits, Trute said.

“We haven’t had a queen for a while,” she said.

Trute has been involved in the Junior Rodeo since 1996, but the rodeo has been held since 1988.

“The actual rodeo will be Saturday and Sunday,” Trute said.

The deadline for the rodeo was July 19, so Trute could draw the slots the kids would be competing in.

“We have it the same weekend every year,” Trute said. “The second weekend in August.”

So if you missed the deadline this year, mark your calendar for next.

There are four age groups the children can compete in. Pee wees are zero to 5 years old; juniors are 6 to 9; intermediate are 10-13; and seniors are 14-18.

“There will be at least 150 kids,” Trute said. “There were 119 last year.”

Kids from Las Vegas, California, Sheers, Lovelock, Reno and Sparks will coming to compete at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Trute said.

“There are junior rodeos all throughout the state,” Trute said. “They just had one in Sparks and Fernley and Carson. A lot of these kids just travel the rodeos.”

After Douglas, there will be junior rodeos in Lovelock, Alamo, Fallon and Las Vegas.

In addition to the queen contest on Friday, American West barrel racing will be held. This is open to those trying to qualify for the finals in Reno in September.

“To get qualified, you have to run six of the American West races,” Trute said.

Animals for the competitions are provided by Tommy Lee, who is the stock contractor. Steers for roping are provided by the Carson Valley Roping Club.

“It’s free to the public, but donations are welcome!” said Trute.

Trute barrel races herself, and her two daughters will be competing this weekend.

This is the first year that saddles will be awarded to the high points in all categories, Trute said.

The organization of the event has been shared by Trute and six other members.

“It takes a lot of time,” Trute said.

But it’s all for a good cause-keeping kids out of trouble.

“It’s just for the kids. We try to get sponsors to keep it going to buy awards for the kids,” Trute said. “It teaches the kids coordination and respect for animals. It keeps the spirit of the West alive.”