Big crowds flocked to the Geary County 4-H Fairgrounds over the weekend for the 27th Annual Junction City Rodeo.

The two-day rodeo (which opened Friday evening and continued on Saturday) featured nine different events including different kinds of roping and riding and a special needs rodeo Saturday morning.

On both nights, the Junction City Rodeo Association honored longtime president and rodeo co-founder Ben Bennett who died in 2019 and Buddy Payne, an association member, who passed away recently.

Friday featured a performance from “Cowboy’s Sweetheart” Sophie Duch, a trick rider from Oklahoma who has performed at rodeo’s around the country over the last three years

On Saturday evening, Natalee Bray was named the Junction City Rodeo Queen, a title she will hold for the next year.

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