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National High School Finals Rodeo
On Wed., July 18, a number of 2012 National High School Finals Rodeo competitors will take a break from their events to spend time with a very special group of youngsters. The Exceptional Kids Rodeo will be hosted at the Sweetwater Events Complex Indoor Arena starting at 4:30 p.m.\The free event gives the children a chance to experience rodeo excitement first-hand. Horseback riding and roping lessons are just the beginning. Bullfighters – the performers who keep the bull riding contestants safe – will also be on hand to interact with the children. Additionally, the rodeo queen contestants and the National High School Rodeo Association student officers will sign autographs and show the kids the rodeo ropes.
The festivities end with refreshments for all. Each child who participates in the Exceptional Kids Rodeo will be given two tickets to a National High School Rodeo performance on July 19 so they can come back and cheer on their favorite cowboy and cowgirl. It’s all part of the National High School Finals Rodeo, which will take place at The Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 15-21. With 13 performances over seven days, the “world’s largest rodeo” is expected to draw more than 100,000 attendees. More than 1,500 cowboys and cowgirls from 41 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces and Australia compete.