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Gates set to swing open at FHSU rodeo





It's time to dust off your cowboy boots and hat and head out to Doug Philip Arena in Hays.

This weekend is the 47th annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Spring Rodeo hosted by Fort Hays State University.

The first performance is 7:30 p.m. Friday. There are two performances Saturday -- 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dale Hirschman will host a cowboy church service Sunday in the arena at 10 a.m., followed by the final performance of the rodeo at 1 p.m.

A total of 600 competitors have signed up for the event.

"We have some great competitors," said Bronc Rumford, FHSU rodeo coach. "A good list of cowboys."

Four FHSU seniors -- Ty Rumford, steer wrestling, team roping and all-around; Blair Jones, team roping and steer wrestling; Dakota Milner, team roping; and Sam Tenpenny, goat tying -- are in the running for nationals in Casper, Wyo., later this year.

Two new events have been added to this year's performances, Rumford said.

Rodeo contestants will compete in the costume ribbon roping, and a spectator will have a chance to win in the crawl for cash.

Tickets for each day are $8 in advance and $12 at the gate for adults and $5 in advance for children ages 7 to 18, and free for children younger than 6 and FHSU students with a Tiger Card.

Tickets are available at the FHSU student service center, Orscheln and Vanderbilt's.