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Rodeo set for Brainerd May 10-11

Minnesota High School Rodeo Association will host a rodeo at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd the weekend of May 10-11. The main performance will be at 7 p.m. May 10. The rodeo will feature approximately 140 competitors from across Minnesota. Competitors range in age from sixth grade through 12th grade. Rodeo events include all the traditional events and several events tailored to younger contestants. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 ages 5-17, and under age 5 are free. For more information visit

The Minnesota High School Rodeo Association is divided into five regions. The region representing the Brainerd area is Region 1. Region 1 includes all of northern Minnesota from Brainerd north.

The high school rodeo season starts in August and ends with the state finals in June. The regions host regional rodeos for all competitors in the association. Competitors accumulate points throughout the regional rodeos to position themselves for the state finals competition. The top four competitors in each event after the state finals are eligible to compete at the national finals. This year the national finals for the junior high division will be held in Des Moines, Iowa. The national finals for high school will be in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

After the Brainerd competition the association will compete Memorial Day weekend in Fergus Falls, the first weekend in June in St Peter (this will be the junior high state finals), and finally in Hugo June 13-15 (high school state finals).

Before the main event on Saturday, the regional rodeo in Brainerd will start with a cutting competition at 7 p.m. Friday. During the cutting, a horse and rider separate (cut) one cow from a herd and then showcase the horse’s athleticism and training while preventing the cow from reentering the herd. There is no admission charged for this event. This event will be done by about 9 p.m. There are about 15 competitors in this event. Each competitor will compete twice. There will be a second round of cutting beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, the rodeo will start at 11 a.m. There will be action occurring at the horse arena at the north end of the fairgrounds and in the grandstand arena. There will be no admission charge during the day. The day’s activities will be finished by about 4 p.m.

The main performance is 7 p.m. Saturday. The performance will showcase 10 competitors in each event (the other competitors made their run during the day). Admission is charged for the performance rodeo. All aspects of the performance are tailored for spectators. The performance is the only time bucking horses or bull events will be featured.

Sunday is a new, separate rodeo. Sunday will flow similar to Saturday except the rodeo will start at 10 a.m. and will include all events. There will be no performance on Sunday.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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