First Day of Junior High Finals Rodeo Held Sunday

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The opening day of the 2015 National Junior High Finals Rodeo was held on Sunday.

There was over 1,000 junior high school students from around the world competing for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.

The students compete in a variety of events at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, including barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, and more.

"You'll find this group is, if you come out and watch them, you will not believe how well they compete,” said Jim Thorp of the National High School Rodeo Association. “They compete just as well as the high school students, very good set of kids."

The event goes on all week in Des Moines and ends June 27.