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Roughrider Rodeo finals here this weekend

John M. Steiner / The Sun Four men set up corrals Tuesday in the Jamestown Civic Center for the Roughrider Rodeo Association finals this weekend.

Some of the top rodeo riders in the region will be here starting Friday for a three-day event to determine champions of the Roughrider Rodeo Association.

"You get not only the bull riding but all the other events involved," said Pam Fosse, director of the Jamestown Civic Center. "You get an extra day of events and you get to see the top riders."

This will be the only rodeo event at the Civic Center this year and it replaces the Bull-A-Rama.

The RRA has held 10 rodeos across North Dakota this summer with riders from this state, Canada and Montana.

It's a full rodeo with a dozen different events including events for those 18 and under. Throughout the summer riders competed in the different events and earned points.

This weekend in Jamestown is the final chance for the top riders to earn points and claim a season championship and a finals event title.

"Being in a finals situation you're going to see our best competitors, on our best stock," said Reese Berg, RRA president. "It'll be hard to go wrong."

Events include bareback and junior bareback, saddle bronc and junior saddle bronc, bull riding and junior bull riding, breakaway roping and junior breakaway roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and goat tying.

"You will see every event every night with 10 contestants in each event," Berg said.

Crews were getting ready Tuesday afternoon with 500 cubic yards of soil spread a foot deep across the entire Civic Center floor and onto the back parking lot.

The finals have been held in Devils Lake in the past and this year marks the move to Jamestown.

Last year in Devils Lake the Roughrider Rodeo finals had three generations of a family compete in team roping.

"There's not many other organizations where grandpa and grandson can be competitive," Berg said.

Roughrider Rodeo is a family way to rodeo, he said.

"The future of rodeo is our kids and we're having them compete along with their brother and sister and mom and dad and in that aspect it's a family rodeo," Berg said.

At 8 a.m. Saturday junior and novice girls will try rodeo and the public is welcome with no admission charge.

Otherwise three-day passes are available until Thursday at the Civic Center for $30 for adults and $20 for children. Advance one-day tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children; at the door, they are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

The rodeo starts at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

"I'm glad to see it come here, because it's been a long while since they had a full rodeo and I hope it's well attended," Berg said of the finals being in Jamestown.

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