MANHATTAN – Officials with Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry have announced the 2021 K-State rodeo, scheduled for mid-February, has been canceled.
Due to K-State, Riley County and Manhattan city restrictions, the department and K-State Rodeo Club are not able to host the rodeo in Weber Arena.
“We had planned to move the rodeo to Domer Arena in Topeka,” said K-State Rodeo Club coach Casy Winn. “Then in December, Domer Arena became part of hospital overflow and the facility canceled all events.”
Winn and the K-State Rodeo Club looked at several other indoor facilities in Kansas, but just couldn’t find the right fit. “With more than 400 contestants, there are only a few places that have enough parking and seating to accommodate the rodeo,” he said.
This year would have been the 65th annual K-State rodeo. K-State is part of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Annually the rodeo brings more than 10,000 fans into Weber Arena to watch more than 400 contestants from 18 colleges and universities spanning Kansas and Oklahoma.