More than 500 contestants from 24 Kansas and Oklahoma colleges will compete in the annual Colby Community College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo Sept. 16-18 at the  

NIRA Rodeo Sept. 16-18

Sun Sep 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

More than 500 contestants from 24 Kansas and Oklahoma colleges will compete in the annual Colby Community College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo Sept. 16-18 at the Thomas County Fairgrounds.

Evening performances on Friday and Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. The finals on Sunday featuring the top 10 in each event will begin 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. Advance tickets ($8 for adults and $4 for children) are on sale at Vanderbilt’s and the Campus Bookstore.

Stock will be provided by Southwick Rodeo, Inc. from Jay Em, Wyo. The Announcer will be Scott Fry from Abbyville, KS.

“The Central Plains Region is one of the largest and toughest in the NIRA,” said CCC rodeo coach Allen Russell. “To host such a large event in Colby would not be possible without the numerous volunteers and sponsors who support the college and our rodeo program. I encourage everyone to attend.”

For more information about the rodeo, contact Russell at (785) 460-5461.