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By Jasmine Flanagan, Sports correspondent
BRIGHTON — Spring is coming to a close, and summer is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a fun way to greet the heat, the Brighton Elks have just the thing.
Brighton’s fifth annual Little Britches Rodeo is a national youth rodeo of 27 events for its young competitors, including steer wrestling, goat tying, barrel racing, ribbon roping and bull riding.
Events are separated into boys and girls’ groups, as well as age groups. Ages 5-8 are the Little Wranglers, while those ages 9-13 are the juniors and 14-18 are the seniors. Competitors come from all over the state – some even from out of state, traveling each weekend during the summer in hopes of earning enough points to make it to the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals in July with other youths from all over the United States. This year’s national finals are in Pueblo.
Chairman of the Brighton chapter of the Little Britches Rodeo Jerry Lynn spoke highly of the young contestants.
“To me, it’s as good as, if not better than, an adult professional Rodeo. These are such remarkable kids,” Lynn said. He cited the rodeo as an excellent outlet for them that teaches them patience and discipline, a healthy sense of competition, a goal to work and strive for, and so much more.
The rodeo will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The admission is free, and there will be lots of food and drink.
Call 720-496-8224 with questions.