State High School Rodeo Champions Headed to National High School Finals Rodeo


LINCOLN, Neb. – The week of July 18-24, the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds in Lincoln will be host to the 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), a seven-day, international rodeo competition. High school rodeo athletes competing in the NHSFR are determined by state finals competitions, many of which occur in May and June.

As the official world championship for high school rodeo athletes, the NHSFR has the largest number of contestants of any rodeo in the world, bringing together nearly 1,700 National High School Rodeo Association athletes from 43 states.

“The Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds and the city of Lincoln are ideal for rodeo fans and competitors alike, providing a traditional and exciting experience at the outdoor venue’s state-of-the-art facilities,” said Hoyt Kraeger, NHSFR alumnus and Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds Business Development Manager. “We have completed $7 million in renovations with the NHSFR in mind, including grounds improvements, additional campsites, an expanded outdoor multi-purpose arena and a new, covered grandstand.”

NHSFR competitions include:

Bull Riding

Bareback Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding

Tie-Down Roping

Breakaway Roping

Steer Wrestling

Goat Tying

Pole Bending

Barrel Racing


Reined Cow Horse

Queen Contest

Trap Shooting

Light Rifle

Tickets are available at and will be sold on-site at the event.

Throughout the weeklong event, the on-site NHSFR Lincoln Rodeo & Horse Expo at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds will be FREE for visitors, no ticket necessary. The region’s largest Western and equine shopping event, the Rodeo and Horse Expo will feature more than 100 vendors.

Ahead of the main events, Welcome to Lincoln Day on Saturday, July 17 will feature a celebration for visitors and mark the beginning of the rodeo competition.

The NHSFR is seeking volunteers to help with many aspects of the event. Individuals wishing to volunteer are asked to sign up at

About National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA)  

The National High School Rodeo Association is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character in the youth of our country through the sport of rodeo. Created by Texas educator and rodeo contestant Claude Mullins, the NHSRA held its first finals in Hallettsville, Texas, Aug. 25-27, 1949. The NHSRA membership consists of over 10,500 members from 42 states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

About Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds

The Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds is a national-level fairground located in Lancaster County, Nebraska. The venue is spread across 160 acres, including 9.2 acres of multi-use buildings. Beyond being the home of NHSFR in 2021, 2026 and 2027, it is home to the annual Lancaster County Super Fair and over 320 local, regional and national events annually. For more information on Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds, visit


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