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Pole bending champ to nationals

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:14 a.m. CDT
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Sidney McFee is the Iowa pole bending champion as a member of the Iowa National Junior High rodeo team competing soon at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Sidney McFee, who will be a ninth-grade student at East Union Community High School next fall, has earned a position on the Iowa National Junior High Rodeo team for competition June 22-28 in Des Moines.

State champion

McFee will compete in the 10th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in pole bending and ribbon roping competition. She is the Iowa pole bending champion.

Sidney is the daughter of Kelly and the late Craig McFee and granddaughter of Phyllis McFee.

The championships will be held in Des Moines for the first time ever, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Contestant registration takes place today on the fairgrounds.

Contestants will be competing for more than $75,000 in prizes and more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a national Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion.

Top 20 advance

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds — to advance to Saturday evening’s final round.

National champions will be determined on their three-round combined times/scores.

The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are 7 p.m on June 23, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

For ticket information and reservations, go online at www.CatchDesMoines.com/rodeo.

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