In a press release Monday (5/18) the Adams County Ag Society announced that the Nebraska High School Rodeo finals would not take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings.
The press release reads:
May 18, 2020 (Hastings, Neb.) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adams County Ag Society has made the decision that the 2020 Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo will not be held in Hastings, NE. The rodeo was to be held June 18-20.
After receiving guidance from the local health department and the governor’s office, it was determined that protecting the health of the participants and the community will be best met by not hosting the event. Directed health measures, including limitations of gathering size of events, social distancing, requiring the wearing of masks, and testing all volunteers and committee members for COVID-19, was not feasible.
It was an emotional decision, but it was decided that, in order to be socially responsible, there was no reasonable way to keep competitors, fans, volunteers and sponsors healthy. Directed health measures have made it nearly impossible.
Even with the decision of the Adams County Ag Society, there is still hope of having a state finals rodeo. As of Monday (5/18), the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association had posted on their website that following a zoom meeting on May 15th the decision has been made to cancel the “rest of the spring season” but they will move forward with plans for the state finals. According to the website, the board is ironing out details and guidelines to propose to the Governor.