NEEDLES — Who will be named princess when Colorado River Medical Center presents the 43rd Colorado River Round Up Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Needles Rodeo Grounds, 1001 San Clemente at Clary Drive?

Hopefuls include Angela Bernal and Lynsey Federico, who competed for the post on March 24. A winner is to be named before Saturday night’s performance. Current round up royalty are Queen Sarah Moulder and Princess Kayla LaPlante.

There are plenty of other opportunities for local folks to compete in the rodeo itself and companion events of junior barrel racing, mutton bustin’, calf riding, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments.

Younger competitors will want to plan for Needles Marina Resort’s Li’l Wrangler Rodeo. Only 20 mutton busters will ride this year. Each must be at least nine years of age and weigh less than 55 pounds. Calf riders are limited to 30, at least 11 years old, and weighing 85 pounds and under. Entry is $10. Helmets and vests are provided. Registration will be available at The Rodeo Store, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through 4 at 800 W. Broadway, Suite A; or from 9 to 10:30 a.m. April 6 at the rodeo grounds. Competition begins at 11 a.m.

Debbie’s Dispensaries’ horseshoe and cornhole tournaments run simultaneously beginning at 10 a.m. April 6. Registration for both begins at 9 a.m.; entry fee is $20 each player for the two-player teams which includes rodeo entry. Cash prizes will be paid for first and second place and possibly third place depending on the number of players. Call Wade Evans at 760-220-1039 to enter.

The Rodeo Store will also offer ‘BOGO’ prices on pre-sale tickets this year. Entry to both night’s performances will go for the same price as one night at the gate: $10 for those 18 years and up; $5 for ages six to 17. Youngsters five years and under get in free to watch the human athletes face off with the four-legged athletes of Scott McDaniels and Slash M Rodeo. Bob Weir does the announcing for the rodeo events.

Both nights are capped with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe rodeo dance. LittleTown plays their mix of country and rock live both nights.

Questions? Contact Judy Thornton of the Needles Rodeo Association at 760-333-5255 or by email at needlesrodeo@outlook.com. Proceeds from the rodeo are donated back to the Tri-state community. Learn more at www.needlesrodeo.com or Facebook @ Colorado River Round Up.

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