Fifty cowboys and cowgirls will rope and ride this weekend in the state finals of the Junior High Division of the National High School Rodeo Association.
The event will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, with action getting under way at noon Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The competitors, aged 11-14, are competing for a trip to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, New Mexico. The top four in each event — barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping, chute dogging, team roping, pole bending, ribbon roping, tie-down roping and bull riding — will advance.
Miles Barry of Kennewick qualified for nationals in the target shooting event, which held its finals earlier in this month. Barry, who attends Park Middle School, finished second, while Dreyden Devers of Desert Hills was third. Both will compete this weekend in additional events.
Also competing this weekend will be Taylor Turner and Riley Garland of Columbia-Burbank Middle School; Baley Westberg, Karli Scelzi and Sam Monds of Desert Hills; Clay Barry of Park Middle School; Chad White of Benton City Middle School; and Taylor Kaid Urbach of Pasco.
Admission is free and concessions will be available.