AAA  Aug. 12, 2016 11:59 PM ET
BRIEF: Annual Maverick Junior Rodeo returns to town
Ronald Bond, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. (TNS)
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BRIEF: Annual Maverick Junior Rodeo returns to town

Ronald Bond

The Observer, La Grande, Ore.

About 200 rodeo contestants from across the Northwest are set to descend on La Grande for the Maverick Junior Rodeo, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Mavericks Arena.

The event, which is for contestants in four divisions between the ages of 5 and 18, is the last stop for riders who take part in the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Association.

"The La Grande (rodeo) is the biggest one of the Cayuse Tournament," said Derek Shaffer, event coordinator for the Junior Rodeo. "We have kids coming from Washington, Idaho and Oregon."

Shaffer has been the event coordinator for about 10 years, but said the rodeo has been put on by the Mavericks Riding Club for decades, noting he competed in it about 40 years ago.

"It's probably one of the largest junior rodeos in this area, obviously, but (also) throughout the state," Shaffer said, adding the community support for the event is strong. "The business and volunteers, we couldn't do it without them. There's a lot of support here for it."

While the rodeo is a Cayuse stop, Shaffer said it brings in competitors from youth circuits throughout the region.

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