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Four-year-old Oliver Jackson plays cowboy with his lasso Friday, Nov. 19, at the 25th annual Citrus Stampede Rodeo at the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness. The rodeo had plenty of games, refreshments and good food while getting geared up for the big event to begin. All proceeds benefit the 4-H program, providing scholarships to local students.

The traditions of fall are back in season. That means the Citrus Stampede Rodeo is riding back into town.

Sponsored by the Citrus County 4-H Foundation, this annual event, wraps up Saturday night at the Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S. Florida Ave. in Inverness. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the action starts at 7:30.

The 2021 Florida Rodeo Queens and 2022 Florida Ladies in Waiting will be in attendance. To be selected as a Rodeo Queen, a young lady must be prepared to ride any horse available.

The littlest rodeo fans are invited for a special treat. Each night of the rodeo, youngsters take over the arena for the “Boot Scramble” during intermission.

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Jax Crusco, 5, lassos a mock bull Friday, Nov. 19 with volunteer Desiree King keeping a watchful eye during a children's game at the 25th annual Citrus Stampede Rodeo at the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness. 

4-H is the youth development program, open to youth ages 5 to 18, of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) with programs in all 67 Florida counties.

Funds raised at the rodeo support programming for more than 3,500 students in the community. Since 1999, more than $100,000 in college and technical school scholarships have been awarded to young people from Citrus County.

For more information, visit citrusstampederodeo.com.