The NJHFR and NHSRA National Jr. High Finals Rodeo will be held June 24 through June 30, 2018, in the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron in east-central South Dakota in the heart of the state’s Prairie and Glacial Lakes region along the beautiful James River and conveniently located at the intersection of US Hwy 14 and SD Hwy 37.
The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) created the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in 2004 to bring the exciting sport to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders as a feeder system into the Association’s high school ranks. Approximately 1,000 of the best qualifiers from each state and province show off their talents in the event and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships.
These feature Junior Bull Riding, Bareback and Saddle Bronc Steer Riding, Goat Tying, Tie-Down and Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Breakaway and Ribbon Roping, Pole Bending, and more.
Example of a Young Bull Rider
Colton Mewbourn, age 13, will be the only bull rider representing Mississippi at this NJHFR and NHSRA National Jr. High Finals Rodeo. He has been riding bulls since the age of two and is a three-time junior high state champion. He will also give the opening prayer at this rodeo.
The team covering the NJHFR and NHSRA National Jr. High Finals Rodeo will be the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Earnhardt Auto Centers Road Team, and the Cowboy Lifestyle Network, which is the leading community and online source for all that is Country and Western. For more details, visit their website at https://cowboylifestylenetwork.com.
World’s Largest Pheasant
Located on Highway 14, this is a 22-ton and 28-foot pheasant made of steel and fiberglass that indicates that Huron has been a premier pheasant hunting location every fall since 1959. From the tip of its feathered tail to its beak, this huge bird spans over 40 feet!
Two special stock car racing events as a part of this year’s Wheel Jam 2018 that will be held May 31st through June 3rd at the state fairgrounds in Huron. The first will be on Thursday night, May 31, with the $5000 Late Model Challenge Series featuring the top midwest Late Models, Street Stock, and Modifieds. The second will be Saturday night, June 2, when the top Modified and Late Model and drivers will compete in the $10,000 Challenge Cup XVIII (18).