More than 600 contestants and a weekend of rodeo fun are expected at the 40th annual FHSU Rodeo beginning with a slack performance at noon Friday, April 22, at the Fort Hays State University rodeo grounds on U.S. 183 Bypass.
Besides Friday's slack round, another slack round is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23. A regular performance is also scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Saturday features two performances, at 1:30 p.m. and again at 7:30, leading into Sunday's championship round beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday night's performance will include the "Wild Ride," when contestants must ride a saddle bronc for the 8 seconds and can be dressed in any costume that they wish.
Advance tickets, at $5, are available at FHSU's Memorial Union, at Vanderbilt's, 2900 Vine, Hays, and at Orscheln Farm and Home, 2900 Broadway, Hays. Tickets at the gate cost $7. Children under 6 are admitted free.
Events are bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, barrel racing and team roping.
FHSU is a member of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The region is composed of 23 colleges and universities in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri (NW Missouri State) and Arkansas (the University of Arkansas at Springfield).