Day 1 of Mid-south Little Britches Rodeo

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- Youth rodeo contestants from across the country are traveling to Lauderdale County to compete in the first day of the Little Britches Rodeo.

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The National Little Britches Rodeo Association puts on 23 rodeos a year. To kick off that tradition, the first event took place Saturday at the Lauderdale County Agri - Center.

"These kids accumulate points all year. We give away saddle every event to the top person at the end of the year. After the 23 rodeos whoever have the most points wins a saddle. We give awards through 10th in each place in each place," said president of Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association Judd Sanborn.

150 kids from all over the state are saddling up for this year's youth rodeo.

"We try to teach these kids how to rodeo, that’s what we are in here for. We try to teach them the right things to do, good sportsmanship and all the stuff kids should know," said Sanborn.

The rodeo includes events like pole bending, senior girl's goats, cattle roping, bull riding, bronc riding and many others.

"It’s awesome! You can make many friends. It's so fun," said contestant Alex Bierman.

"It’s just a fun event to do. This is my first time participating in this event," said queen of the rodeo Madison Byrd.

Contestants work to qualify for the annual National Finals Rodeo.

"We hope that all these kids stay with us all year. We hope they learn something, become better sportsmen, better rodeo competitors as they come with us all year," said Sanborn.

The event gives 36 saddles away and about 140 belt buckles.

The rodeo continues Sunday at the Lauderdale County Agri - Center from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m.