Garden City Community College’s 46th annual intercollegiate rodeo will get under way March 1, with ropers and riders from universities and colleges across Kansas and Oklahoma.
Public performances are set for 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2, plus 1:30 p.m. March 3, all at the Horse Palace indoor arena on the Finney County Fairgrounds.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for accompanied children age five and below. Tickets will be on sale at the gate.
Rodeos on the NIRA circuit include Friday and Saturday night performances, each called a “long go,” followed by a championship round on Sunday, called the “short go,” for top contenders from the two preliminary rounds.
Men’s events at the rodeo will include tie down roping, formerly known as calf roping; steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Women's events include barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping. Team roping takes place as a co-ed event.
The action at the fairgrounds will offer people in the Garden City area their only chance of the year to see the GCCC rodeo team compete at home, and also to see the longest-running community college rodeo in Kansas. The GCCC event dates to 1967.