High school rodeo returns to Nebraska after COVID-19 cancels most of season

Burwell, Nebraska hosted the State High School Rodeo Finals from June 16-20.


The roots of rodeo run deep in Nebraska, from county fairs to professional rodeos. Naturally, these athletes must get their start somewhere, and for many, that’s in high school. However, this year, the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association cancelled all but two rodeos due to COVID-19. Luckily, from June 16-20, athletes made their return to rodeo at the Nebraska State High School Rodeo Finals. Producer Emma Hastings went out to Burwell, Nebraska to cover one of Nebraska’s first sporting events since the reopening of the state.

Emma Hastings is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a sports media and broadcast production double major and an environmental studies minor. She hopes to work in live sports production in the future. She is a video production intern for the Huskers and the Lincoln Saltdogs, and she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends & family in her free time.