The La Junta Kids Rodeo and Race Meet will take place this coming weekend at the Kids Rodeo grounds north of La Junta.

This year is a big milestone on the rodeo's history as it will celebrate 80 years of existence.

As usual, there are three divisions for the competitors. The seniors division is cowboys and cowgirls ages 14-18, the juniors division is ages 10-13 and the tiny tots is ages 6-9.

The rodeo events for the senior boys include bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping and chute dogging. The races will be the 220-yard race, the 3/8-mile race and the three-horse relay.

For senior girls, the rodeo events are barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping, goat tying amd pole bending. On the track will be the 14-hand race, the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.

The junior boys rodeo events will be steer riding, pole bending, the flag race, goat tying and breakaway roping.

The junior girls' events in the arena will be barrel racing, pole bending, the flag race, goat tying and breakaway roping.

The races for both junior boys and girls will include the small pony race, the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.

The tiny tots rodeo events for both boys and girls are barrel racing, pole bending, the flag race and goat tying. The only race for both boys and girls tiny tots will be the Shetland Pony race.

The rodeo will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Start time for Friday and Saturday is at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, it will begin at 2 p.m.

Other activities will include the queen contest on Thursday at the Valley Cowboy Church, which is south of the rodeo grounds. Check-in is at 5 p.m. and the modeling competition begins at 5:30 p.m. The queen horsemanship competition will be later in the day at the rodeo grounds.

The Kids Rodeo parade will take place on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in downtown La Junta. The parade is sponsored by the La Junta Chamber of Commerce, the La Junta Kids rodeo and the Ace of Spades Riding Club.

The cowboy church service will take place Sunday morning at the Valley Cowboy Church.