HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's 37th Annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo will be held April 26-28 at the FHSU outdoor arena.
More than 600 entrants from 23 colleges and universities in Kansas and Oklahoma are scheduled to compete in nine events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping.
Events will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26, with a slack performance -- all competitors -- and then at 7:30 p.m. with a performance. On Saturday a second slack performance will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. and a performance at 7:30 p.m. The championship finals, which includes the top 10 competitors in each event, will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The regional winners will be announced following the championship finals on Sunday. This includes the champion and reserve champion in each event. The top 12 winners in each event will compete in the play-off series of the Ozark region May 9-12 at Lawton, Oklahoma.
Special events included in the rodeo are the wild ride on Friday and Saturday night, where contestants may dress up in costume and will ride saddle broncs. The contestants may do just about anything they want except use fireworks.
Before Saturday night's performance, a barbecue meal will be offered from 5-7 p.m. for the price of an admission ticket and a nominal fee for the meal.
To get to the rodeo take the 183-bypass west, turn at the Hays Municipal Golf Course and follow the curve around to the rodeo arena.
Tickets for the FHSU Rodeo can be purchased, in advance for $1 off, at the Student Service Center in the FHSU Memorial Union, at Vanderbilts, 2900 Vine, and Orscheln Farm and Home Supply, 2900 Broadway Ave. Prices are $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. Children in the eighth grade or younger are admitted free with complimentary ticket. For more information on the rodeo, visit the FHSU Web site at http://www.fhsu.edu/currentevents/rodeo/.