From Friday night to Sunday, some very talented young people will be in action at Lone Star Arena, contestants in the Texas High School Rodeo Association, or THSRA, Region III finals. What that means is that these cowboys and cowgirls are playing for a very few slots that will take them to the state championships.

Secretary of the Region III office, Kelly Williams, says, “We’re going to be looking at some really tight races between kids who could take the whole thing in their event(s) at the state championships. There are some very talented competitors and if you like rodeo, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.”

What’s at stake is a shot at one slot out of the top 10 in each event and they either make it this week or they miss it. For some of these youngsters that means waiting until they have a shot next year, which is challenging enough. But for seniors, obviously if they don’t qualify, as they say in the movies, “There ain’t no tomorrow, cowboy.”

The Texas High School Rodeo Association’s stated mission is “to promote the sport of rodeo and expose its positive image to the general public, preserve the Western heritage. offer a privilege of family bonding, offer an opportunity of continuing education, and maintain the highest regard for the livestock” - and they seem to be doing a darned good job of just that.

The competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will offer nothing but good old family fun for no admission to spectators.

There are also competitions at the Jr. High Division and Youth Division (fifth grade and under) levels so folks can have a look at the up-and-comers in our region in all rodeo sports.

Here’s how the schedule shakes out:

• 7:30 p.m. Friday – 1st round of the Jr. High competition.

• 9 a.m. Saturday – 2nd round of Jr. High and Youth Divisions competition.

• 7 p.m. Saturday – High School Division 1st round. Award Banquet Immediately

• 9 a.m. Sunday – High School Division 2nd round. Award Banquet Immediately