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As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous effect on jackpots and rodeos across our country. From rescheduled events to cancellations, rodeo committees are doing everything in their power to continue on with our great sport and hold these events while complying with the laws that have been set fourth with concern for everyone’s health and safety.

With that being said, The National High School Finals Rodeo had to seek a new host venue for the 2020 NHSFR based on orders received from the Lincoln / Lancaster County Health Department, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to host the 2020 National High School Rodeo in Nebraska; however, we also respect the decisions made by the state regarding the event,” said James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director. “The youth are our future, and they deserve the opportunity to showcase their skills in the arena.

The National High School Rodeo leadership has since then selected a new venue for the 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo.

After much consideration and weighing multiple options, the NHSFR will call the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, home this year.

The 2020 NHSFR is now scheduled for July 17-23 at the Lazy E Arena. The Lazy E Arena meets the NHSFR needs for arenas, camping and stalling.

“We also appreciate that the facility was one of the first to cautiously and safely host events as coronavirus mandates were lifted, so the facility’s staff has the knowledge and protocols in place to meet local, state and federal health mandates to protect our contestants, attendees, volunteers and staff.”

For further information regarding the 2020 NHSFR, follow online at and on social media channels.

(Press release courtesy of The National High School Rodeo Association.)