Statewide Competition Comes Back To Kalispell - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Statewide Competition Comes Back To Kalispell

Posted: Updated:
KALISPELL -

With the Cinch Rodeo just barely in rear view, Kalispell is already revving up for another--the biggest in Montana.

It has not happened in thirty years and now, for at least the next two Junes, Kalispell will be hosting the Montana state high school rodeo finals at the Majestic Valley Arena. There is even talk of extending that agreement to a third year.

"Obviously we want it here as long as possible, but hopefully we can just put on a great event the two years and they want to come back," said Lisa Brown, the chairwoman of the Board for the Tourism Improvement District

For the five days of competition, kicking off June 3, riders who have risen to the top during the regular season that begins in Autumn, will compete for college scholarships and for a spot in the national competition in Wyoming. Only the top four in each category will move on to Wyoming.

"Hopefully these will be a lot of kids that'll be the future rodeo stars of tomorrow, going to Vegas years down the road," said Mark Pirrie, co-owner of Western Outdoor in downtown Kalispell.

The Kalispell chamber of commerce has lobbied for the finals to come to the Flathead for nearly two years. After hearing a proposal in August, the state high school rodeo board gave a preliminary thumbs up, that was confirmed after a site visit in September.

Given weather problems at past competitions, Kalispell's indoor venue had a definite advantage. Now the pressure is on in the Valley.

"I think all the time there's nerves of putting on a new event," said Brown.

Based on the event's turn-out, revenue, community support, and sponsors, Kalispell may just have the honor for several more years.

"I know I'll be there watching it a couple nights," said Pirrie.

The four thousand people estimated to come out from across the state will undoubtedly provide a running start for the 2014 and 2015 summer tourist seasons.

"Hopefully in the off time between performances--performances will be over several nights--hopefully during the day we'll see a boost in our activity here at the store," said Pirrie.

The national high school rodeo finals starts July 13, 2014.

Bozeman has hosted the state finals for the past five years.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Son of ex-Bush aide pleads guilty in Md. slaying

    Son of ex-Bush aide pleads guilty in Md. slaying

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-09-03 01:23:43 GMT
    The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush has pleaded guilty to killing a friend with a hatchet and will be committed to a state psychiatric facility.
    The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush has pleaded guilty to killing a friend with a hatchet and will be committed to a state psychiatric facility.
  • Recovery knocks 21 fish species from watch list

    Recovery knocks 21 fish species from watch list

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-09-03 01:11:56 GMT
    Twenty-one species of fish made the leap Tuesday off a watch list of seafood to avoid as unsustainably overfished, leaving conservationists and many fishermen and chefs celebrating the turnaround of a West Coast...
    Twenty-one species of fish made the leap Tuesday off a watch list of seafood to avoid as unsustainably overfished, leaving conservationists and many fishermen and chefs celebrating the turnaround of a West Coast fishing...
  • Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts

    Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:41:52 GMT
    Apple says that some celebrity accounts were deliberately targeted and hacked, leading to the posting of nude photos online.
    Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:15:37 GMT
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
  • Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:11:07 GMT
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.