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Junior Rodeo State Finals at the NRV Fairgrounds

The Virginia High School, Wrangler and Junior Rodeo State Finals are set for this weekend at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin.
Close to 60 young cowboys and cowgirls from across the state will participate in this weekend’s state finals.
Events will include mutton bustin, barrel racing, pole bending, calf roping, team roping and bull riding.
The Virginia Junior Rodeo Association (VJRA) and Virginia High School Rodeo Association (VHSRA) are non-profit, charitable organizations set forth to promote the sport of rodeo and to keep the Western heritage alive in America and in the state of Virginia.
For the High School and Wrangler divisions, the top four participants will be given the opportunity to travel to New Mexico in July for the National Rodeo Finals. In past years, several competitors from Virginia have placed in the top 20 at the national level, according to local organizers.
Local participants in this weekend’s events include:
•Logan Bunn, 8, of Dublin; Bunn and his horse, Cisco, have participated for the past three years. He enjoys barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. This fall, he hopes to start breakaway roping, and has been described as having a rope in his hand "since almost before he could walk." He also enjoys helping his dad, Brandon, and "Paw," Doug, on their beef cattle farm in Dublin.
•Ty Burton, a senior at Pulaski County High School. Burton has been involved with the rodeo for many years, as well as 4-H and FFA. He competes in team roping, calf roping and cutting. Rodeo involvement has been in his family for generations, as both his father and grandfather were rodeo participants as well.
•Anna Burton, an eighth grader at Dublin Middle School. As Ty’s younger sister, she followed in her family’s footsteps and has been competing in the rodeo for four years. She enjoys barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying. Both she and her brother have competed in the national finals in prior years in Illinois and New Mexico, and placed competitively.
•Sisters Nicki and Karlie Rae Thompson from Hiwassee have been described as "outstanding rodeo competitors" who "know what it is all about from barrel racing to goat tying." Nicki placed third in the national finals in Gallop, New Mexico in 2008 in the Air Rifle Class, in which there were several hundered competitors.
•Cade Shirah, 5, from Hiwassee, started mutton bustin two years ago. He is leading the event for the year, and hopes to do well at this weekend’s finals. He said when he grows up, he wants to bull ride.
State rodeo events will be held this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Admission is $5, and free for children 6 and under.
For more information about the VJRA, vist www.vjra.org.

Junior Rodeo State Finals at the NRV Fairgrounds

The Virginia High School, Wrangler and Junior Rodeo State Finals are set for this weekend at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin.
Close to 60 young cowboys and cowgirls from across the state will participate in this weekend’s state finals.
Events will include mutton bustin, barrel racing, pole bending, calf roping, team roping and bull riding.
The Virginia Junior Rodeo Association (VJRA) and Virginia High School Rodeo Association (VHSRA) are non-profit, charitable organizations set forth to promote the sport of rodeo and to keep the Western heritage alive in America and in the state of Virginia.
For the High School and Wrangler divisions, the top four participants will be given the opportunity to travel to New Mexico in July for the National Rodeo Finals. In past years, several competitors from Virginia have placed in the top 20 at the national level, according to local organizers.
Local participants in this weekend’s events include:
•Logan Bunn, 8, of Dublin; Bunn and his horse, Cisco, have participated for the past three years. He enjoys barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. This fall, he hopes to start breakaway roping, and has been described as having a rope in his hand "since almost before he could walk." He also enjoys helping his dad, Brandon, and "Paw," Doug, on their beef cattle farm in Dublin.
•Ty Burton, a senior at Pulaski County High School. Burton has been involved with the rodeo for many years, as well as 4-H and FFA. He competes in team roping, calf roping and cutting. Rodeo involvement has been in his family for generations, as both his father and grandfather were rodeo participants as well.
•Anna Burton, an eighth grader at Dublin Middle School. As Ty’s younger sister, she followed in her family’s footsteps and has been competing in the rodeo for four years. She enjoys barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying. Both she and her brother have competed in the national finals in prior years in Illinois and New Mexico, and placed competitively.
•Sisters Nicki and Karlie Rae Thompson from Hiwassee have been described as "outstanding rodeo competitors" who "know what it is all about from barrel racing to goat tying." Nicki placed third in the national finals in Gallop, New Mexico in 2008 in the Air Rifle Class, in which there were several hundered competitors.
•Cade Shirah, 5, from Hiwassee, started mutton bustin two years ago. He is leading the event for the year, and hopes to do well at this weekend’s finals. He said when he grows up, he wants to bull ride.
State rodeo events will be held this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Admission is $5, and free for children 6 and under.
For more information about the VJRA, vist www.vjra.org.