The Geary County Fairgrounds saw plenty of action Friday night during the 26th annual Junction City Rodeo.
The event is largely recognized as one of the biggest open rodeos in Kansas, with contestants from throughout the state visiting the area to compete. Competition events include saddle broncs, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing were all offered.
This weekend’s event is special for current Miss Rodeo Junction City, Zoe Bean, as her days of holding that position are numbered. After a year of holding the honor, a new Miss Rodeo Junction City will be crowned shortly. Although she has treasured her time holding that title, she is keeping a positive outlook on what the future holds for her.
“It opens the door for me to a lot of new things,” Bean said. “I’m always going to hold it in my heart, but there’s no use in crying over it because I know I have plenty more things I can go ahead and do.”
Bean said her favorite part about attending the rodeos is seeing all the kids and talking to visitors. She tries to help play a role in getting the future generation of locals involved in rodeo.
Bean is set to enter her senior year at Kansas State University, where she majors in Animal Science. She plans on running for the Central Plains Rodeo Association Queen position in the near future. With high aspirations, Bean knows a lot of hard work will be needed in order to hold another big honor.
“I’ve watched the pageant before and I absolutely love it,” Bean said. “I know most of the girls there. I am studying a lot; there is a lot you need to know to be a rodeo queen. I’m not going to jinx anything, but I am definitely going to try my hardest.”
Geary County Free Fair events will run through next week.