Round Valley Roundup Junior Rodeo

Caydence Roberts catches some air as she heads for the finish in the barrel race at the 2017 Round Valley Roundup Youth Rodeo. She finished out the day as Girls All-Around Champion.

ROUND VALLEY — The tenth annual Round Valley Roundup begins the morning of Friday, May 31 with western-style family fun and continues through Saturday with a herd of events and activities for all ages.

The event is traditionally held the first weekend in June but this year’s event happens to begin on the last day of May. The roundup takes place at the Round Valley Rodeo Grounds located at 7 South Hwy 180 in Eagar.

The Junior Rodeo begins at 9 a.m. and is open to kids up to age 18 and includes everything from a stick horse race for the little buckaroos to poles, barrels, goat roping, calf riding, breakaway, ribbon roping and double muggin’. The age divisions are 6 and under, 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18.

An open 4D barrel race follows the junior rodeo at 6 p.m.

Local businesses sponsored buckles for the top boy and girl money-winners in each age group. A prize saddle will be awarded to the top boy and girl all-around winner.

Saturday morning opens with a team roping event, followed by the ranch rodeo at 3 p.m. The top teams in each category will win a special set of spurs.

There’s also a law enforcement foot pursuit which is likely to get the crowd up out of their seats and cheering.

A sanctioned wild horse race is the last rodeo even on Saturday evening. Event organizers say that the race has grown to become so popular there will be three heats to accommodate all of the entries.

There will be multiple vendors offering food and refreshments. Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets for the 26 Bar Ranch steer. Tickets avilaible at Town of Eagar, Western Drug and Woodland Building Center.

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Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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