Buckaroos-to-be can get a taste of the rodeo life Thursday during the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo's annual mutton busting contest, set for 6 p.m. in the Compton Arena of the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

Buckaroos-to-be can get a taste of the rodeo life Thursday during the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo's annual mutton busting contest, set for 6 p.m. in the Compton Arena of the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

Children age 5 to 8 and weighing less than 65 pounds can sign up for free to try to ride a sheep as long as possible. They must dress in Western attire, including boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and a protective helmet.

The PremierWest 2009 Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and includes bull riding, saddle-bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, tie-down roping and team roping. For the kids, there will be free pony and wagon rides, face painting and the Davis Family Carnival.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, which has been declared Breast Cancer Awareness Day and will feature an honor guard of oncology nurses from Providence Medford Medical Center. Everyone — from cowboys to clowns to fans — are asked to wear pink.

Admission Thursday is $15 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under. Friday admission is $16 general. Saturday prices are $18 for reserved seats, $16 general.

Running in conjunction with the rodeo will be the 4-H and Future Farmers of America Spring Fair, set for Friday through Sunday with a buyers' barbecue and livestock auction Sunday afternoon.

For more information, see www.jcfairgrounds.com.