National Junior High Finals Rodeo

The National Junior High Finals Rodeo, one of the largest rodeos in the world, will be held in Des Moines on June 23-29, 2024. Approximately 1,200 middle school students that are the “best of the best” from 43 states, 5 provinces in Canada, Australia, and Mexico qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.

Contestants will 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. 

In addition to the rodeo, there will also be one of the greatest western tradeshows in the nation! Free and open to the public in the Varied Industries Building.

To learn more about the organization and the National Finals, click here or visit   

This project paid for in part by the Iowa Tourism Office.

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