NHSFR Lincoln News


Lincoln Journal Star – ‘A wild ride’ – Rodeo tourists leave massive financial bootprint on Lincoln economy – July 29, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star – Look back at the world champions honored at NHSFR – July 25, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star – NHSFR an ‘awesome opportunity’ for Hawaiian competitors – July 24, 2021

NTV – NHSFR Economic Impact for local businesses – July 20, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star – ‘The campground’s the size of York’- a look inside  the massive campsite at LEC – July 20, 2021

NTV – Trade show opens Sunday at NHSFR – July 17, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star – NHSFR event brings cowboy hats and country music to the Railyard – July 17, 2021

Channel 8 – NHSFR start Sunday – July 15, 2021

1011 Now – Lincoln businesses prepare for big crowds from NHSFR visitors – July 17, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star- Competitors begin arriving in Lincoln for NHSFR – July 15, 2021

NTV – LEC Fairgrounds prepares for NHSFR – July 13, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star – NHSFR Schedule of Events – July 10, 2021 

Rural Radio Network - Johnston family rodeo legacy continues with fourth generation in Nebraska - July 15, 2021

Rural Radio Network - All-Around Cowboy from Oregon prepares for a 24-hour trip to defend national title - July 15, 2021

RANCH IT UP - Interview with Hoyt Kraeger about NHSFR - July 10,2021

Rural Radio Network - Nebraska All-Around Cowboy set sights on winning a national title - July 8, 2021

Rural Radio Network - Nebraska All-Around Cowgirl excited to compete on home turf as rodeo takes place in Lincoln - July 6, 2021

Pure Nebraska - NHSFR is nearly here - June 15, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star - Rodeo Competitors Looking to Rent Lincoln-area RV's in July - June 15, 2021 

KLIN - RV's Needed for National High School Finals Rodeo - June 15, 2021

KFOR Lincoln Live on Demand - Lincoln is going to experience something it's never experienced before - June 14, 2021

Cowboy Lifestyle Network - NHSFR 2021: Shop til you drop! - June 9, 2021

Channel 8 - World's largest high school rodeo rides into Lincoln - June 4, 2021

Hastings Tribune - Lancaster Event Center prepping for 30,000 visitors ahead of NHSFR - June 1, 2021

Lincoln Journal Star - Lancaster Event Center prepping for 30,000 visitors ahead of NHSFR - June 1, 2021

KLIN - Local Businesses Urged to Plan Now for July's Rodeo - May 19, 2021

Fence Post - Shop Till You Drop, Rodeo Style - May 7, 2021 

Horseman's News - Lots to Do in Lincoln - May 4, 2021

NET Nebraska - National High School Finals Rodeo To Be Held in Lincoln - May 1, 2021

Rural Radio Network - World's largest rodeo heads to Lincoln in July - April 22, 2021

Fence Post - Lots to Do in Lincoln - April 18, 2021

Tri-State Livestock News - Lots to Do in Lincoln - April 14, 2021

Visit Nebraska - NHSFR Lincoln Rodeo & Horse Expo - April 4, 2021

NHSRA and Lancaster Event Center PR regarding 2020 NHSFR Lincoln due to Covid-19 - May 29, 2020

LEC expands & opens Extended-stay Campgrounds - May 1, 2020

Rodeo Roundup by Rodeo News - $7 Million Upgrade Finishing Up for NHSFR Lincoln - December 2019

Lincoln Journal Star - A Rodeo Vacation You'll Never Forget - November 2019

Rodeo News - Life Changing Situation Brings Rodeo Expert to Nebraska - November 2019

NHSRA Times - New Season, New Finals, New Faces for 2020 - September 2019

NHSRA Times - High School Rodeo Rides to Nebraska - July 2019

Lincoln Journal Star - Year Out from Rodeo, Improvements Full Steam Ahead - July 2019

1011 Now - NHSFR to return to Lincoln in 2026, 2027 - January 2019


NHSFR Lincoln Volunteer

Volunteers are key to the success of the NHSFR Lincoln! 

This event will bring huge economic impact to our county and to the State of Nebraska while supporting this national youth organization, which gives $2 million in scholarships annually. 

The event will occur on the Lancaster county's fairgrounds - the non-profit Lancaster Event Center at 4100 N 84th St - on the eastern edge of Lincoln not far from the Waverly exit of I-80. Come join our fun team where you'll be part of the "family" as we make the NHSFR feel welcome their first year back in Nebraska in several decades. 

If you're interested in volunteering, fill out the form. We'll put you on our list to keep you in the loop on opportunities as we get closer! 


Please indicate your type of interest and your contact information.

NHSFR Lincoln



You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Here we'll share all the answers to frequently asked questions we get related to contestants and their families. Check back often for updates as we get closer!


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Where can I pre-order feed, hay and shavings to save time during check-in?

Through our online portal here.  Note feed is only available via pre-order by July 12.


Will my horse be on concrete or dirt?

You will be assigned either indoor or outdoor stalling upon check-in. Some indoor stalls are on compacted arena dirt, while others are on concrete with mats. All outdoor stalling is on dirt, small gravel, or grass. There is no guarantee of location or stall type.


Is there a map of the stalls?

You can find a map of the stalls here. Be on the lookout for map updates and maps with stall numbers.


Are mats provided or do we need to bring/buy our own.

Mats will be provided for all stalls on concreate free of charge. They will not be provided for outdoor or arena dirt stalls. We will not be renting out or selling mats. If you would like a mat please bring your own.


Are shavings provided or do we need to bring/buy our own?

Three bags of shavings will be provided for each stall, this is included in the price of your stall.  DO NOT bring your own shavings as this can be a health hazard.


Is hay provided or do we need to bring/buy our own?

Hay and shavings will be available for purchase at the General Store inside Pavilion 2.


Can I have a tack stall?



Can I stall my horse off grounds?

Horses will not be allowed to be stalled off grounds for security reasons. If you are using a local rental horse they are not required to stall on grounds, however you must follow all horse check in procedures.


I am bringing a Stud horse; can I stall them next to my mare or gelding?

No. All stud horses will be required to stall in a separate area of the indoor stalling.


Who do I contact if I am dropping out or changing my stalls?

Please contact Melissa Wolf of the NHSRA here, for all inquiries about dropping out or changing stalls.


Will I be stalled with my state/team?

Yes, all states/teams will be stalled in the same area.


Can I stall next to someone specific from another state?

We will do our best to fulfill stalling requests within the same state but we cannot promise to have all stall specifications fulfilled.


What kind of health information do I need?

For all livestock health requirements to enter the state of Nebraska please see the back of your horse identification paperwork.


Still have other questions? Call our office 402.441.6545 and we'll get you the best info! 

NHSFR Lincoln



You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Here we'll share all the answers to frequently asked questions we get related to contestants and their families. Check back often for updates as we get closer!


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 Facility Map  

Contestant Check-In Map 

 Pocket Guide  


Where will everything be at on grounds? Where am I allowed to drive a golf cart or walk my horses? 

We have created an event map indicating where each of the rodeo events, on-site services, golf cart and horse traffic and more are located. It is available here.

Golf carts are ONLY for contestants and their families.

Note we will be sharing a separate map with contestants and families that indicates traffic flow for check-in.


I rented an RV and need info about early drop off. 

• RV Lessees must provide the RV owners with the Contestant's qualifying state and name.
• Rented RV's may be moved onto the property July 8–July 14.
• RV owner must call LEC Fairgrounds to set up an appointment July 5-July 14 to move into the Contestant's assigned campsite. (Call 402-441-6545 Option 0 M-F 8am-5pm)
• Contestant's MUST have reserved a campsite with their state secretary in order for a rented RV to come onto the grounds (info in your contestant housing packet.
• If your RV owner cannot drop off that morning or prior to then, give us a call at 402.441.3860 to schedule your drop off. 


My state team had a few 'waitlists' and 'dry camping' spots when signed up for housing. Do I need to make a reservation for them through the dry camping portal? 

Anyone that made wait list / dry camping reservations through State Secretary DOES NOT need to make an online dry camp reservation as the State Secretary dry camp reservations by paper will be honored first. There are plenty of dry camping spots for the teams, and we will be placing the teams together by state like we do in full service campground.


I have questions about horse stalls. 

Please view our Stalling FAQ page here.


Is there any extra dry camping available near the grounds for extra family and friends? 

Yes, there will be limited dry camping available directly across Havelock Avenue to the north on grounds we have leased for this event. Anyone who wants to make reservations for this can do so through the dry camping portal here. NOTE: Contestant families that made dry camping reservations through their State Secretary DO NOT need to make a reservation through the portal.

There is sewer “honey wagon” services available to reserve as well as water truck services to reserve.


When is the General Store open?

General store open hours are available here. 


Where can I find NHSRA membership information?

For qualifying or entry information and paperwork please go to the NHSRA web site here.