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Larned site of high school rodeo April 14-15
Pawnee County Fair Board to run rodeo
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By Jim Misunas

LARNED — The Pawnee County Fairgrounds will be the site of a Kansas High School Rodeo April 14-15.
The Pawnee County Fair Board is responsible for hiring a stock contractor and lining up judges for the weekend. Williams and Long Rodeo Company of Cambridge, Kansas is the stock contractor.
Larned entrants are Nolan Allison, the son of Kevin and Carrie Allison and Brady Walker, the son of Jamie and Cindy Walker. Walker has competed in calf roping and team roping.
For the year, Great Bend’s Colton Delgado is ranked first overall in bareback riding and Windom’s Jacob Willems is ranked second in bareback riding.
Other area entrants are Hudson’s Kayla Temple, barrel racing and girls cutting; Rozel’s Marti Faubion, barrel racing and pole bending; Stafford’s Ciera Houlton, breakaway roping and goat tying. Houlton placed fourth overall in goat tying in 2011.
About 150 participants are eligible to compete. Admission is $5.
“The Kansas High School Association officials are excited about our central location,” said Amy Harter, Pawnee County Fair Board member. “We bid for the rodeo in the fall and they accepted our offer.”
Revenue from the rodeo will help pay for upkeep and maintenance at the fairgrounds.
The cutting horse events start at 8:30 a.m. April 14. Other events start at 1 p.m. All events start at 10 a.m. April 15.
Events scheduled are Girls Cutting, Boys Cutting, Bareback Riding, Girls Breakaway Roping; Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc, Goat Tying, Steer Wrestling, Pole Bending, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
TAC, a 4-H Teen Action Club, will sponsor a dance for Larned USD 495 and Pawnee Heights USD 496 seventh through 12th grade students at the Haas Building April 14.
A TAC spaghetti lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 at the Haas building. Free-will donations will be accepted. Food vendors will also be on site.
Qualifiers are eligible to compete in the Kansas State Rodeo Association championship June 7-10 at Hutchinson’s State Fairgrounds. The Kansas High School Rodeo Association web site is
The high school association is made up of ninth through 12th graders from Kansas. The Junior High School Association is composed of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.