Long before the rodeo champions and queens are crowned, there are a group of volunteers who labor behind the scenes to make Adams County Fairgrounds a jewel worthy of hosting the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo each year.
Now in its 11th year at the fairgrounds, the rodeo has become a mainstay attraction here in Hastings, drawing competitors from across the state and beyond. And it is thanks in no small part to volunteers like Steve Wilshusen and Greg Mitchell that the rodeo runs like clockwork today.
"They are invaluable in what they do," said Lee Hogan, Adams County Ag Society and high school rodeo board member. "They're always willing to work, and it doesn't matter what you ask them to do. They jump right in and go for it. Without people like that we couldn't pull this thing off."