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Cowboy Up for another College National Finals Rodeo!

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05/01/2006 - Casper will host its 8th consecutive College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) as the

championship event of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association returns to the Casper Events Center June 11th through 17th. College rodeo's elite athletes will be competing for national collegiate titles in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Member colleges will also be competing for national titles.

Local committees work year round, coodinating their efforts with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, to pull off one of the great rodeo events in the country.

"I've been to the National Finals Rodeo (pro rodeo's championship event), and to many big rodeos and the CNFR is one of the 2 or 3 best rodeos anywhere," says Bill Landen, public relations director. "Fans tell us every year it's the best rodeo they've been to."

The third annual "Bulls and Broncs" round is planned for Sunday, June 11th at 1:00 p.m., with a second round at 4:00 p.m. This rough stock rodeo will open the week long rodeo action. Slack is planned for Monday, June 12 at 7:00 a.m., and again on Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 a.m. The nightly performances begin Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. and continue through the week, with the championship round on Saturday, June 17th, also at 7:00 p.m.

Several additional events are planned for the college rodeo week. A kick-off community pancake breakfast is on for Saturday, June 10th at the Casper City Park. The annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Foundation Style Show is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The CNFR golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th at Paradise Valley Country Club in Casper. A "Special Rodeo" is planned for Saturday, June 18th at the Casper Events Center. The special rodeo has become a tradition with the CNFR.

"We enjoy hosting the special rodeo event with the CNFR committee each year. I think it is one of the contestant's favorite events as well," said NIRA Commissioner, John Smith.

Live music has been set for every evening performance on the plaza at the Casper Events Center, as well. Church services and nightly fellowships are scheduled for Sunday, June 11th at 9:00 a.m. at the Natrona County Fairgrounds Industrial Building, and Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m., also at the fairgrounds. The evening fellowships will be held in an outdoor tent at the Casper Events Center following each performance.

Tickets are on sale at the Casper Events Center box office, or by calling 1-800-442-2256. Ticket prices are $6 for general admission, $12 for reserved seating, and $16 for box seats. Season passes are available, also. There is a 10% group discount off 20 or more same performance seats.

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