Beginning on Friday, the best junior high and high school cowboys and cowgirls will don their best cowboy hats and boots, grab their lassos and compete in their respective finals rodeos.
The Junior High Finals Rodeo, which begins May 30, will be held primarily in Oakley at the Recreation Complex, while the High School Finals Rodeo, beginning June 3, will be held at the Wasatch County Outdoor Arena in Heber.
Contestants will compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, cow cutting, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. They'll also have rifle and trap shooting contests at Big Hollow Range and the Heber Valley Gun Club.
Local cowgirl Rylee Dick from South Summit will be competing to win her third-straight All-Around Cowgirl title. The senior said she's looking forward to ending her high school rodeo career on a high note.
"I'm just looking forward to taking the last memories in and making it the best I can," she said.
She'll have a busy schedule ahead of her, as she's competing in barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping and cow cutting. Last year, she won the girls' cow cutting event an event girls didn't compete in until recently.
She said if she's going to defend her cow cutting title, she'll have to perform even better than last year, since the quality of competitors in on the rise.
"There's definitely a lot more competition closer in quality," she said. "I'm just going to stay focused and practice all I can."
Check-in for the junior high rodeo begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday at Cattleman's Hall in Oakley. The first junior high performance will be at 5 p.m. on Friday in Heber. There will be two performances on Friday, the second overall performance at 9 a.m. and the championship round performance at 4 p.m., with awards presentations to follow.
The high school rodeo will feature seven total performances, one at 10 a.m. and one at 7 p.m.
The championship performance will be held Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m.
The first go round of cow cutting is scheduled for 1 p.m. that Thursday, with the second go round at 1 p.m. Friday and the championship round at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The queen coronation ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Other contestant-only events include three dances, a sand volleyball tournament, a yearbook pizza party and a slideshow presentation.
Dick said she can't wait to get the week started and try to make the most of her last finals rodeo.
"I'm pretty excited," she said. "It's always a stressful week, but it's a lot of fun and it's one of the best rodeos of the year."
The Wasatch County Outdoor Arena is located at 415 S. Southfield Road in Heber. Call 435-657-3335 for more information about the rodeos.
Jr. High Rodeo Schedule
Friday, May 30
Saturday, May 31
High School Rodeo Schedule
Tuesday, June 3
Wednesday, June 4
Thursday, June 5
Friday, June 6
Saturday, June 7