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Lancaster Event Center (LEC) in Lincoln, Nebaska has been selected to host the National High School Finals Rodeo in July 2020, 2021, 2026 & 2027. The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) board of national directors voted unanimously (47-0) at their Mid-Winter Meeting to add Lincoln as its third location. We are very excited to be selected!
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Letter from Amy Dickerson, Managing Director at LECAmy Place1st

Summer is in full swing with NHSFR cowboys and cowgirls, like you, packing up and traveling to compete for the Championship Buckle. While you’re busy getting ready for competitions, we’re hard at work in Lincoln, Nebraska preparing the Lancaster Event Center to host the NHSFR in 2020 and 2021.

Plain and simple, the Lancaster Event Center is where the good times grow. With 400,000 square feet of buildings on our grassy fairgrounds, there’s plenty of room for all parts of the NHSFR. We’re investing $7 million toward improvements, which include additional and upgraded campgrounds, expanded outdoor multi-purpose arena and a new covered grandstand. In addition to having great facilities, the Lancaster Event Center is proud to have four NHSFR Alumni on staff who competed from 1978 to 2017. Our staff knows first-hand how it feels to compete, and we’re committed to providing you an incredible rodeo experience.

Located in the middle of America, the Lancaster Event Center is truly at the center of it all, making it the ultimate rodeo destination. Lincoln is a well-known place to visit where you’re sure to encounter the “Nebraska Nice” hospitality on your travels and during the NHSFR. In fact, Lincoln was named #3 Best Places to Visit in 2017 (Lonely Planet), #4 Most Giving Cities in the U.S. (Travelocity.com), and #5 Top 10 Cities for Stretching a Dollar (Successfulmeetings.com). Lincoln offers lots of amenities and attractions for contestants, families and friends to enjoy. Just off I-80 and near I-29, the city of Lincoln features more than 70 hotels with over 5,000 rooms ranging from full-service Hiltons and Marriotts to economy options, more than 900 restaurants, plenty of shopping and a variety of places to go for family fun including nationally-recognized attractions like the Lincoln Children’s Museum, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, and the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History and Mueller Planetarium. The world-renowned Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, water parks, an outlet mall and other opportunities are also within a short driving distance.

In my team’s multiple visits to the NHSFR since 2016, we’ve seen what an exciting event this is. An opportunity to give it your all and be surrounded by a great extended “family” support system. When the rodeo rides into Lincoln, Nebraska at the Lancaster Event Center, you’re going to experience that and so much more. For more information be sure to check back soon at NHSFRLincoln.org, which will have important contstant and spectator information. Good luck in Rock Springs!

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Amy Dickerson

Amy Dickerson      

Managing Director


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Chas Skillett

Operations Manager


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Hoyt Kraeger

Business Development


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Chas Skillett Bull Riding

Chas Skillett

Bull Riding

2001 NHSFR alum

Hoyt Kraeger Saddle Broncs

Hoyt Kraeger

Saddle Bronc

2011 NHSFR alum







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