JOHN DAY - Junior cowboys and cowgirls from around the area are making their final preparations for the fourth annual Grant County Cowkids Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 15, at noon in the Grant County Fairgrounds Arena.
The rodeo has grown in the number of participants every year since its inception and last year, a total of 82 Grant County kids were entered in the seven events ranging from stick horse racing and woolie bullies for the younger competitors to to barrel racing and pole bending in the Youth through Senior Divisions.
Due to the growing number of entrants combined with the age of some of the competitors, the rodeo which was formally held on Friday evening has been moved to Sunday.
Last year, Wyatt Smith was a double winner in the Pee-Wee Division capturing the woolie bullie and dummy roping titles, and Jacob Legg was a two-time winner in the Youth Division taking the championship in pole bending and barrel racing.
Gus King won the calf riding and barrel racing titles in the Junior Division, while Amanda King was crowned the breakaway roping, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing champion in the Senior Division.