Kids give it their all at State High School Rodeo Finals

Kids give it their all at State High School Rodeo Finals. (NTV News)

From tie down to pole bending, kids from across the state left it all in the arena for one more chance to show off their skills at the State High School Rodeo Finals in Hastings.

"The kids compete throughout the year to get to this point. After this, their next step is nationals," Trish Hinrichs, of the Adam's County fairgrounds board of directors, said.

"I think the first time I got on a horse was when I was 3," Morgan Kessler, a competitor said.

Kessler is hoping one of her three events will take her back to nationals.

Kessler competes in cutting, the breakaway roping, and team roping. "I love it, it's my passion. This is what I love to do," she said.

She's one of nearly 300 contestants in Hastings for the three-day competition.

"We are so proud to be able to host this," Hinrichs said.

Hinrichs said the event draws about 1,000 people to town.

"It's really a great event for the community of Hastings," Tom Hastings, president of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

"It's also a big weekend for the business community," Hastings said.

From hotels to restaurants, Hastings said events like this give local businesses an economic boost.

"It's a trickle down effect, too. They spend money in those businesses, and there are other businesses that supply them. So it's not just the businesses you see them going to," he said.

But, both Hastings and Hinrichs agree that the best part about hosting the high school rodeo finals is watching the state's finest rope in a victory

"You got to come see it! It's really amazing to watch these kids and the skills that they have. They have learned. It's really kind of a neat thing to watch," Hinrichs said.

Competition just started... And there is still plenty of time to get out here and watch!

Kids 5 years of age and under get in free, and it's $7 for everyone else.

There's one more round of competition the Adam's County Fairgrounds in Hastings at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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