Frog McGrew competes in barrels. The Cedar Hill resident is the National Little Britches Rodeo Queen. DALLUS WHITFIELD

The Tri-Star Little Britches Rodeo recently met in Lebanon to allow youth to work on qualifying for the national finals this summer.

Frog McGrew of Cedar Hill was present at the event and has been named the National Little Britches Rodeo Queen.

“First queen from east of the Mississippi” she said with a smile.

McGrew has been riding since she was big enough to sit in the saddle, she added.

The Tri-Star organization is a Tennessee franchise of the National Little Britches Rodeo Association. The association was founded in 1952 as a rodeo organization for children ages 5 to 19. More than 2,500 children participate in hundreds of rodeos annually to gain points to make it to finals, which will be held in Oklahoma in July.

The Tri-Star event hosted 150 participants from states as far as Florida and Indiana this weekend. According to Frann Mabry of Tri-Star, the rodeo has officially made the James E. Ward Agricultural Center their new home.

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