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Rodeo returns April 30

Tue Apr 6, 2021

The annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo is returning to Colby April 30 through May 2 in the E.L. Garrett Arena at the Thomas County Fairgrounds.

More than 500 contestants from 24 Kansas and Oklahoma colleges will compete in the event, which historically occurs in the fall semester but was delayed last year because of Covid-19.

Performances on Friday and Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, the finals with the top 10 in each event start at 1 p.m.

Men’s events include bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding.

The women will compete in breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping and barrel racing.

Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Rodeo fans under five years old will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Masks are strongly encouraged.

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