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Thumbs-up were given to the 11 and under "Diamonds" team from American Cheer. The squad was on stage performing at the Rabobank Arena on Saturday during the Cali Finale.

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One of the Bakersfield American Cheerleading teams, "Senior Steel," was practicing and warming up backstage at the Rabobank Arena for the Cali Finale.

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Cheer was spread all over the Rabobank Arena, even the hallways, this weekend at the Cali Finale cheerleading competition.

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Coaches help perfect the routine of the American Cheerleading "Diamonds" team for those 11 and under as the cheerleaders practice backstage at the Rabobank Arena.

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Senior Steel Cheerleaders from American Cheer were on stage competing while friends, family and coaches cheered them on. Rabobank Arena held the Cali Finale cheerleading competition this weekend.

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The American Cheerleading "Diamonds" team for participants 11 and under performs a routine at the Rabobank Arena.

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A large audience watches friends and family perform their cheerleading routines this weekend at the Cali Finale cheerleading competition.

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Two future cheerleaders watch their friends and family perform cheerleading routines at the Cali Finale. Some 3,000 cheerleaders age 3-18 from around California are at Rabobank Arena through Sunday.

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One of the Bakersfield American Cheerleading teams, "Senior Steel," was on stage with their friends, family and coaches in the pit supporting them at the Rabobank Arena during the Cali Finale competition this weekend.

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A future cheerleader watches friends and family perform their cheerleading routines this weekend at the Cali Finale competition.

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One of the Bakersfield American Cheerleading teams, "Senior Steel," was on stage at the Rabobank Arena during the Cali Finale cheerleading competition Saturday.

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The American Cheer "Diamonds" team was on stage performing their routine at the Rabobank Arena. Friends, family and coaches were supporting the team.

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Ten-year old Layla Flynn of the American Cheerleading team's "Senior Steel" was practicing and warming up backstage at the Rabobank Arena for the Cali Finale cheerleading competition.

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There were plenty of cheer-related booths to check out at the Cali Finale at the Rabobank Arena.

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Lots of vendors were selling their wares and cheerleading merchandise this weekend at the Cali Finale cheerleading competition. Some 3,000 cheerleaders age 3-18 from around California are at Rabobank Arena to compete.

Thousands of cheerleaders from throughout California converged on Rabobank Arena this weekend for the Cali Finale and the chance to show off their skills and spirit.

The event continues all day Sunday.

Photographer Rodney Thornburg shares these photos from Saturday.