HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's, 36th Annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo will be held April 27-29 at the FHSU outdoor arena.
More than 600 entries from 23 colleges and universities in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri are scheduled to compete. The entrants will 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 noon on Friday, April 27, with a slack performance -- all competitors and then at 7:30 p.m. with a performance -- the top 10 competitors in each event. 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 will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The regional winners will be announced following the championship finals on Sunday. This includes the top 10 contestants in each event. The top 12 winners in each event will travel to Enid, OK, May 16-19 to compete in the play-off series of the Ozark region.
Special events included in the rodeo are the wild ride, where contestants may dress up in costume and will ride saddle broncs. The contestants may do just about anything they want except use fireworks.
Another special event is the "wild cow mugging." In this event, four-person teams catch and wrestle heifers or steers. Anyone can form a group and enter by registering in the Agriculture Department office in Albertson Hall, room 212. The winners will receive a "No Cry Baby Allowed" T-shirt and free admission to the rodeo.
Tickets for the FHSU Rodeo can be purchased at the Student Service Center in the FHSU Memorial Union, Bar-B Tack Etc., Vanderbilts, and Orscheln Farm and Home Supply. Prices are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. Children six and under are admitted free. For more information on the rodeo visit the FHSU homepage at http://www.fhsu.edu, under the link "Don't miss the FHSU Rodeo."