KALISPELL, Mont. - Over the next few days, the stands will be filled up with fans cheering on the best Montana high school cowboys and cowgirls for the 2014 Montana State High School Rodeo Championships.
High school students from all across Montana will be coming here in Kalispell at the Majestic Valley Arena to compete. Preparations have been underway for quite some time and everyone involved tells us they're excited to get the rodeo started.
"You're going to have parents, grandparents, cousins; you're going to have all kinds of people in here into Kalispell, into your market and hopefully spending some money here," said Todd Garrison, the president of the Montana High School Rodeo Association.
More than 300 participants from all over the state will head to the Flathead for goat tying, bull riding, and barrel racing, among a long list of rodeo events.
Bob Pecora is the Arena Director for the Montana High School Rodeo Association. He says they've been working hard to prepare the arena for the event.
"It's very important to me that the production runs smoothly, that the kids all get a fair chance. Safety is a huge issue for the livestock and the kids, for both," said Pecora.
The top students in every category will head on to the National High School Rodeo Championships in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in July.
Pecora says he has no doubt that the kids are some of the best in Montana, even the best in the nation.
"The kids that you'll see here, some of them you'll see here in a few years at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas," Pecora said.
Events kick off Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and run all day long until the championships on Sunday at 11 a.m.
For more information and ticket prices you can visit www.mtrodeo.com.