National High School Rodeo in search of volunteers for July finals
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[FEB. 3, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of
Agriculture Bureau of Non-Fair Events is beginning its search for
volunteers for the National High School Rodeo Association Finals,
which will be at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield July
24-30. More than 700 volunteers will be needed to staff this event.
"The Illinois State
Fairgrounds was chosen to host the 'world's largest rodeo' because
we have great facilities and a solid reputation for putting together
a top-notch event," said Randy Wells said, non-fair events manager.
"Dedicated volunteers are the key to a successful event, and we're
looking to tap into local communities and recruit people that will
not only uphold our reputation, but also show other nationally
recognized events what Springfield and our fairgrounds have to
Volunteers are needed to staff workstations, including
contestant registration, horse check-in, stabling, message center,
trade show, hospitality, on-site camping, parking and security. Some
committees begin their work the week prior to the rodeo, and other
committees must be staffed 24 hours a day.
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The National High School Rodeo
Association was created to give high school students the
opportunity to participate and compete in a unique and challenging
sport. Although not recognized by high school athletics, the
association offers a rodeo program that sets high school rodeo apart
from other varsity sports. Athletes compete on a scale comparable to
collegiate and professional rodeo competitors.
School Finals Rodeo contestants compete in a dozen events,
including steer wrestling, barrel racing and team roping.
People interested in volunteering for the event are asked to call
Pati Kohlbecker, (217) 782-0772, or the state fair office, (217)
Department of Agriculture news release]