Kids don their hard hats for annual Mutton Bustin'

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The annual tradition lets kids have their big moment inside the Wild West Arena while holding on to a sheep.

Contestants were judged by Miss Rodeo Nebraska.

For some, it was their first time participating.

"Well I have really long legs so I'm going to try to wrap my legs around it. Like I see the sheep running really fast and am I like oh my," said Makenna Nelson.

One couple came as far as California to see their grandchildren hit the arena.