In Hastings this weekend a strategic schedule change proves successful for a longstanding rodeo that honors the history of Nebraska.
The Oregon Trail Rodeo pays tribute to how pioneers traveled through the Hastings area from Missouri to California. Now in its 23rd year, officials have changed things up a bit.
By scheduling it before high school football, Husker football and Labor Day, the three day event has increased in both competitors and spectators alike.
"Making the change a week ahead has helped us bring more people," said rodeo committee chair Randy Queen. "People aren't going away for Labor Day weekend, it kind of fills in a spot as terms of you've got everything going on Labor Day weekend, it gives us a week ahead for people to come out."
Officials add this year's attendance is an estimated 2,000 above last year's attendance.
The pro rodeo brought in over 200 competitors -- many from Nebraska who have gone to national competitions, and some who got their start in Hastings competing in high school rodeos.