State Rodeo Finals Looking For New Location After Hastings Declines To Host June Event

Jayde Atkins, former National High School Rodeo Champion from Broken Bow. (Photo by Cathy Sandall, Sandall Photography)
May 19, 2020 - 1:30pm

The Nebraska High School Rodeo Association is searching for a new venue to host the state finals next month.

The event was scheduled to take place in Hastings starting June 18. But the Adams County Ag Society decided this week not to host it because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"After receiving guidance from the local health department and the governor's office, it was determined that the social responsibility and protecting the health of the participants and the community will be best met by not hosting the event," said a statement from the organization. "Directed health measures, including limitations of gathering size of events, social distancing, requiring the wearing of masks, and testing all volunteers and committee members for COVID-19, was not feasible."

Rodeo Association President Jason Mathis says they’re in talks with three other locations that could host the state finals instead.

"There probably would not be very many spectators allowed in," Mathis said. "It might end up just being contestants and their immediate family." 

Current directed health measures are set to expire at the end of May, but it’s possible that new orders would prevent the association from having the event at all.

The state association had already canceled all rodeo events through the end of May

The national rodeo finals are scheduled to take place in Lincoln in July. Mathis says as of now, that event is still scheduled.

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