International Finals Youth Rodeo

Competition tugs at the Heart of Oklahoma.

International Finals Youth Rodeo draws competitors from all over the world to Shawnee. Courtesy IFYR.

International Finals Youth Rodeo draws competitors from all over the world to Shawnee. Courtesy IFYR.

Sunday, July 6-Friday, July 11

Tomorrow’s rodeo stars are set to compete at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee. More than two decades in the making, the IFYR recognizes high school-age cowboys and cowgirls everywhere in competitions held annually at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence St., in Shawnee. In the past, the rodeo has drawn participants from the U.S., Australia, Brazil and Canada to compete for championship titles and cash prizes in team roping, steer wresting, barrel racing, bull riding and other event categories. The rodeo opens at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, and continues through July 11 and the finals showdown. General admission is $10 for each session or $110 for all. Children ages 3-11 can attend all sessions for $55. For more, visit www.ifyr.com.

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