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Junior Rodeo draws big crowd
A young rider competes in pole bending at Sept. 29 rodeo in Long County. - photo by Mikee Riddle

Youth from all over the state came out Sept. 29 for the seventh annual Shawnee McGowan Junior Rodeo at the NC Ranch in Long County.  
The rodeo is in memory of McGowan, who died in 2006 from injuries sustained in vehicle accident. Proceeds from the rodeo go to scholarships for local teens and area nonprofit organizations.
According to Shawnee McGowan’s mother, Alice McGowan, this year’s rodeo raised approximately $6,000. She said $1,800 was taken in from the 68 youth participants and divided among the competitors who placed. Also, part of the proceeds will go to the Walker Middle School athletic department.

Pole Bending
First-Jennifer McPhall
Second-Dusty Yeomans
Third-Kayla Meeks
13-19 years
First-Carmela Ciccone
Second-Courtney Arnold
Third-Morgan Young

Barrel Racing
First-Jennifer McPhall
Second-Alyna Stanley
Third-Hannah Mason
13-19 years
First-Courtney Arnold
Second-Morgan Young
Third-Rayna Gay

Team Roping
First-Devon McClelland and Cody Godwin
Second-Dylan Talbot and Austin Boatwright
Third-Austin Boatwright and Austin McClelland

Buddy Pick Up
First-Carmela Ciccone and Cody Arnold
Second-Carmela Ciccone and Dylan Talbot
Third-Colton Infinger and Devon McClelland

Hollow Log Race
First-Devon McClelland
Second-Alyssa Mullins
Third-Colton Infinger

Mutton Busting
First-Collin Featherstone
Second-Ryder Dawson

Bread away
First-Devon McClelland

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