The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) will bring the National Junior High Finals Rodeo to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines in 2014 and 2015.The event is expected to bring an estimated 10,000 attendees to the city each year.

This will be the first time the event has been hosted outside of Red Rock Park in Gallup, New Mexico.

The NHSRA based their decision on contestants having the opportunity to compete in a climate-controlled indoor facility for the first time ever at the new Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center, which should enhance the production of the event. Community planning and the vibrancy of Downtown Des Moines also played a role.

“We are proud to host this group in our city for the first time,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Hosting the National Junior High Finals Rodeo is further proof of our outstanding facilities at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and how the addition of the Jacobson Exhibition Center is helping to lure new groups to our city.”

“It’s an honor for the Iowa State Fairgrounds to be chosen to host the National Jr. High Rodeo, said Gary Slater, CEO and Manager of the Iowa State Fair. We look forward welcoming this fun, family-friendly event and its competitors and fans from across the country to our versatile facilities and vibrant city.”

The Junior High Division students compete in a variety of events, including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping and Junior Bull Riding.

Approximately 900 of the best participants from around the world will compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.

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