College National Finals Rodeo

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Here in Wyoming, we know a thing or two about the western way of life. Wyoming is known around the world as the Cowboy State and rodeo is largely considered the official state sport. So it comes as no surprise that some of the very best rodeos in the west call Wyoming — and Casper — home.

Each June, the west comes alive in Casper during the College National Finals Rodeo (or as the cowboys call it: CNFR). The country’s best of the best collegiate athletes from over 100 colleges and universities go head to head in Casper every summer to be named a national champion. This culminating event crowns champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, break away roping, goat tying and barrel racing. Mark your calendar rodeo fans: we’ll see you in Casper June 9-15, 2019. Buy tickets here.

City-Wide Celebration

Casper celebrates CNFR all week long across the city so be sure to soak up all that Casper has to offer before and after the rodeo performances each night.

Friday, June 7
Kick off the week’s festivities at NIC Fest. This arts and music celebration runs all weekend long with vendors, food, art and music in downtown Casper.

Saturday, June 8
Saturday morning starts with the annual CNFR breakfast at City Park and the night ends with a special CNFR presentation at NIC Fest before Corb Lund takes the event’s stage at 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 9
Rodeo events start Sunday at 1 p.m. with Bulls & Broncs Roughstock Slack.

Monday, June 10
Slack events begin at the Casper Events Center

Tuesday, June 11
Slack continues Tuesday morning followed by the first evening performance of the 2019 CNFR at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12
Start the day with the CNFR Softball Tournament. Then, before the evening rodeo performance, stop by the Visit Casper booth at the Casper Event Center for a meet + greet with singer-songwriter and Wyoming native, Ian Munsick. Meet Ian, take a photo and watch the second performance of CNFR. Immediately following the rodeo (at 9 p.m.) Ian Munsick will be performing a free acoustic show at Casper’s newest brewery, Gruner Brothers Brewing. Bring your CNFR ticket to get $1 off your first beer at Gruner Brothers (flights not included).

Thursday, June 13
Thursday kicks off at the annual CNFR Golf Tournament at Paradise Valley Country Club. Then, head to the evening performance of the rodeo and celebrate ribbon night.

Friday, June 14
CNFR’s evening performances continue on Friday night, followed by the first-ever post-CNFR concert on at the Casper Events Center. After the 4th performance of the CNFR ends on Friday night, grab your lawn chairs or come ready to dance the night away at this free outdoor show.

Saturday, June 15
Celebrate championship Saturday all day long with events across the city. Special Olympics rodeo kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Casper Events Center followed by the Cinch Style Show at the Ramkota Hotel. Then, head downtown for the Downtown Hoedown at David Street Station before the final CNFR performance. This pre-performance party kicks off at 2 p.m. with a mechanical bull, food trucks, beer and live country music with performances by Jake Maurer and Wyoming native Lacy Nelson. Then, head to the Casper Events Center to watch champions be crowned at the CNFR finals.

Click here for the full CNFR schedule and check out our events calendar to see what’s happening around town.

Dress the Part

Attending the CNFR is also a great excuse to break out your best western wear and cowboy up in Casper. Gear up for the week at the legendary western retailer Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters, who celebrates 100 years of business in 2019. Not only is Lou Taubert’s a downtown Casper icon, it is one of the best places in town to gear up for a rodeo with over 10,000 boots in stock, a hat shaper on site and 9 levels of western merchandise. And if you need more convincing, read this article about Lou Taubert’s from Seattle Refined.

8 Ways to Have the Best CNFR Ever

Each summer, Casper gets a little more western when the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls come to town. For more than 20 years, College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) has called Casper home and to celebrate another memorable year on the horizon, we’ve rounded up 8 things to do that will ensure you have the best week ever. Whether it’s your first rodeo or if you’re a long-time CNFR attendee, there’s so much happening in the arena and around town this year that you won’t want to miss. Read more here.

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