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GNFA chosen to host National Junior High Rodeo Finals

The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter (GNFA) will host the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo in 2022 and 2023. The 2022 event will be the first on the East Coast for Denver-based National High School Rodeo Association.

The National Junior High School Rodeo will take place the last week of June each year and include over 1,000 sixth, seventh and eighth grade youth from 43 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and Australia. The event will take place over seven days with 13 performances, including barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, chute dogging, team roping, ribbon roping, junior bull riding, bareback steer riding and saddle bronc steer riding. The High School Rodeo Association sanctions this event and tickets will be available for purchase per performance.

“We are ecstatic for the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude,” said GNFA CEO Stephen Shimp. “The State of Georgia has believed in our mission here and helped us continue to expand our footprint.”

The National Jr. High Rodeo Finals is a culmination of points earned from the year of rodeo events that youth must qualify to win. Contestants must finish in the top 4 of their state finals rodeo to qualify for the national finals.