Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo set to begin despite heat

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 9:26 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The heat just keeps getting more and more unbearable as the days go by but that’s not going to stop hundreds of cow boys and girls from competing in the annual Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo this week.

15-year-old Shealynn Rasmussen is determined to not let it keep her from doing what she loves.

“I’ve been riding as long as I can remember and I just started doing rodeo pretty hard this last year,” Rasmussen said.

She’ll be competing against 167 other people for the rodeo at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

“It’s pretty hot right now but luckily I’m in a pretty cool shirt, so it’s going to get to me by the end of the week,” Rasmussen said.

The heat is always a concern during this time of the year but organizers believe they have everything under control.

“It is definitely hot. There’s no question about it, so there’s several things that come to mind in terms of trying to protect everyone in this kind of heat,” said Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo Co-Chair Nate Allen.

They’ve got air-conditioned buildings for people to take the break from the sun and they’ve also got plenty of water and shade for the animals to prevent heat stress.

“Even as hot as it is most of these animals only compete once per performance and it’s for a very short period of time,” Allen said. “That’s much different from a marathon runner being out and running in the heat for several hours at a time.”

Although it’s going to be hot, Rasmussen is used to riding in this weather. She’s more concerned about competing since this will be her first year in the finals.

“I’m a little nervous,” Rasmussen told Local4 news. “I’m just about done with my Queen contest, so it’s pretty exciting.”

The first official day of rodeo starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday, Jun. 19.

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