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Ellensburg Hosts High School Students Compete in State Rodeo Finals

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - High school students hoping to represent Washington at the national level competed Monday at the state rodeo finals.

The series of competitions took place over the weekend and on Memorial Day at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds.  Competitors collect points at rodeos in the fall and spring before coming to the finals. 

Al Parson was the announcer at the finals calling all of the competitions.  He says for many of the students who came out on Monday, it will be their last time competing at a rodeo. 

"You know what, this is one of the greatest weekends of these kids' lives, lot of them will quit rodeoin' after this," he said.  "This is where it really comes down to where your gonna make or break our professional athletes from here on out."

The tradition of rodeo competitions in Washington dates back to the late 1960s.  Those who place in the top four will go to nationals in New Mexico.
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