The Garfield County Fairgrounds in Burwell, NE is the sight this week of the 2020 Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo. The event was to be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings but because of the coronavirus pandemic the Adams County Ag Society decided that it was not feasible to host the event this year so it was moved to Burwell. Events and activities began on Tuesday with the reined cow horse finals competition and continued Wednesday with the queen contest and the shooting competition. This year’s queen will be crowned on Saturday prior to the final performance of the rodeo.
The rodeo competition takes center stage Thursday through Saturday. The first go round of the cutting competition is Thursday morning with the 2nd go on Friday and the short go on Saturday. There will be a total of five performances for this year’s rodeo as contestants attempt to qualify for the national finals rodeo to take place July 17-23 in Guthrie, OK. The first two performances are Thursday (10am and 6pm). Performances three and four will be Friday with the short go on Saturday at noon. All rough stock events on Thursday and Friday will take place during the evening performances.
Madison Mills of Eddyville is the leader in the girls all around point standings entering this year’s finals. Mills also enters the finals as the points leader in both the barrel racing and pole bending events. Taci Flinn of Arcadia currently sits sixth in the girls all around standings entering the finals. The boys all around points leader entering the finals is Rhett Witt of Valentine. Two area cowboys are in the top ten as Cooper Bass of Brewster sits 6th and Cody Miller of Broken Bow is 10th. Jace Hurlburt of Arcadia is atop the breakaway roping point standings entering the finals.
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Click on the links below to view the all around and event standings entering the state finals rodeo.