JUNCTION CITY — Rodeo action came to town for the 26th year in a row Friday night. The Junction City rodeo is largely recognized as one of the biggest open rodeos in the state of Kansas, with contestants from across Kansas coming to try their hand in the various events.
Competitions such as saddle broncs, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and other took place Friday.
This weekend is one of the last times that current Miss Junction City Rodeo Zoe Bean will hold the title. With a year under her belt as queen, a new Miss Junction City Rodeo will be crowned shortly. Although she has treasured her time with the honor, 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 no use of crying over it because I know I have plenty of more things that I can go ahead and do.”
Bean said that her favorite part about attending rodeos is seeing kids and talking to everyone she meets. She tries to help play a role in getting the future generation involved in rodeo.
Bean is about to begin her senior year at Kansas State, where she majors in animal science. She plans on running for the Central Plains Rodeo Association Queen in the near future.
With aspirations so high, Bean said she knows that a lot of hard work is on tap if she wants to earn another prestigious title.
“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 that 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.”