FARMINGTON — The All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association is bringing its season-ending championship to Farmington.
The AIRCA Championship Finals Rodeo will be held at McGee Park on Saturday and Sunday as the organization's top cowboys and cowgirls compete to win the season's title in their events.
"All of them have been at it for the past year and it's coming to a close this weekend," said AIRCA President Harrison Charley. "We're excited to crown our year-end champs."
AIRCA competitors have battled through a season of more than 30 events, in hopes of winning the championship and earning a place in the International Indian Federation Rodeo held Oct. 7 through 13 in San Carlos, Ariz.
Charley said the top three cowboys and cowgirls in season standings of each event along with the winners in this weekend's rodeo will advance to represent the AIRCA in October's event.
AIRCA will hold more than 10 events during the rodeo as well as crown the association's queen for the 2013-2014 season.
Charley is hopeful the variety of events offered appeals to all rodeo fans and will bring out a good-sized crowd.
"We are hoping to draw spectators from all over the area, and we want to get a lot of attention," he said. "We want to bring in more cowboys, spectators and sponsors. We want to get the toughest cowboys around and bring everybody together here."
The rodeo will have three rounds over the two days with the first two rounds being held on Saturday at noon and 7 p.m., and the final round scheduled for noon on Sunday.
Following the final round, the season championships will be awarded.
"We'll be awarding buckles," Charley said. "The top cowboys and cowgirls in our association will be there. It's always a good rodeo."
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