Rodeo bucks Labor Day Weekend slot

People who get a kick out of professional rodeo and football won’t have to choose between one or the other this year.

The Oregon Trail Rodeo is moving the annual event up a week from its usual Labor Day weekend calendar spot to 7 p.m. Aug. 22-24 at Adams County Fairgrounds.

The move will allow families who like to attend local high school and Nebraska football games that weekend to enjoy the best of both worlds, said Sandy Himmelberg, fairgrounds manager. The rodeo will now be held before football season starts.

“High school football is a priority in this area, so when you have three high school teams in Hastings alone, families and extended family are with their kids watching games,” Himmelberg said.

Additionally, Labor Day weekend is a time when families like to leave town or head to the lake for an extended holiday break, which can impact attendance during the rodeo.

“People go to the lake and take mini-vacations that weekend,” Himmelberg said.

The decision to change the date was reached by the board during a meeting earlier this year.

“It’s a good move,” Himmelberg said.

Now in its 23rd consecutive year, the Oregon Trail Rodeo was originally known as the Labor Day Jamboree when it was introduced in 1992.

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