THSRA hits Abilene for another year!

It’s that time of year again! Abilene is gearing up to host the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals. We’ve been fortunate to host this event since 1992 and this year there are so many events going on during the rodeo that are fun, affordable and open to the public!

The THSRA is the largest high school rodeo association in the nation and they sponsor over 125 rodeos per year throughout the state of Texas. Their circuit begins in August and concludes with the State Finals this month in Abilene. It’s here, where the top cowboys and cowgirls from each region in Texas compete for numerous awards and scholarships, as well as the chance to go to the National High School Rodeo Finals the following month.

This year, state will kick off with the Queen’s Contest, which includes a dinner, speech and modeling on Friday, June 10, right here in our city. The Queen’s Contest Horsemanship category will be held the next morning. The State Finals will be held Sunday, June 12 through the following Sunday, June 19 at the Taylor County Expo Center. Approximately 650 high school rodeo athletes and 800 horses will call Abilene home for the week! So, as you can imagine, we love this time of year!

On Sunday, June 11, the official rodeo kickoff will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature the “Spectacular Buckout” – the toughest bulls and broncs in the state. The Dodge Truck Push for Beef will happen on Monday at 7 p.m. Contestants will push trucks for a Joe Allen’s steak dinner. On Tuesday, the Western Shopping Mall will open up with over 70 booths inside the Expo Center Coliseum and Display Building. On Wednesday, the official Texas High School Rodeo Performance will begin at 7 p.m.; Thursday will feature the McCoy’s Mutton Bustin’ and Family Night at 7 p.m. “What A Rodeo” will happen on Friday at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Whataburger. Competing contestants range from 9th grade to 12th grade. Lastly, on Saturday, it is “Celebrate Freedom Night” at the rodeo. All active-duty and retired military personnel will get in free with a valid ID. Don’t forget to support our troops by wearing red, white and blue! As you can see, this year, Texas High School Rodeo is packed with even more family-friendly events that are open to the public for you to enjoy. So, make plans to come on out! For more information or a full schedule of events, call 325-677-4376 or visit