HASTINGS – The Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo gets underway today at the Adams County Fairgrounds and will continue into the weekend.
Over 150 high school students are coming to Hastings to participate in the rodeo and they are the cream of the crop when it comes to high school rodeo athletes. It’s the culmination of 28 other rodeos that have happened during the fall and spring.
Nate Allen, committee member for the rodeo, says that these kids are really talented.
These are the top individuals in their respective events of rodeo and the students, themselves, the horses that they compete on, this is as good as you’re going to get, probably next to pro rodeo.
Ralph Saults, a competitor in the rodeo from Big Springs, says that he enjoys coming to Hastings for this event.
Well Hastings does an amazing job. I mean, they run that rodeo so good. It’s one of the best high school rodeos ever ran, and it should be because it’s state finals. The rodeo community, they’re just so good, and they’re great people, all around. I haven’t met a single person I don’t like. They’re just a good family. They’ll help you out whenever they can. It’s just good to be around them.
The top four contestants in each event will qualify to compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
There will be free parking and vendors at the Adams County Fairgrounds. For more information or to get tickets you can visit AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com.