Hundreds of high-schoolers are heading to Cleveland this weekend to participate in the 2013 High School Rodeo State-Qualifier at Tri-State Exhibition Center, Saturday and Sunday.
Most of the participants are from the Southeast, coming from Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. They all have hopes of earning enough points to qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo in July.
Girls will compete in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, team roping and goat tying. Guys will compete in bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping, tiedown calf roping, steer wrestling and bull riding.
Contestants in the events range from ninth through the 12th grade, and can participate whether they are attend public or private high schools or are home-schooled.
Admission to the High School Rodeo is $10 for a weekend armband. Action starts at 8 a.m. and continues until events finish around 6 p.m. For more information, call Tri-State at 423 476-9310.