Texas High School Rodeo Finals roll into Abilene next week

Expo Center preparing for Texas State High School Rodeo Finals

ABILENE, Texas - Preparations are well underway at the Taylor County Expo Center for hundreds of horses, riders, and their families.

Rochelle Johnson, General Manager for the Taylor County Expo Center, expects to see thousands of people for the event.

This includes the nearly 700 competitors and their support systems.

"Mom and Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, aunts and uncles, we usually see about 3,000 people over the course of the week," said Johnson.

And all of these visitors are good news for the local economy.

"It brings a lot of people into town and they're staying here all week long so it's a really great economic benefit to the city of Abilene," said Johnson.

According to the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, more than $1 million will be generated in local shops, restaurants, hotels, and more.

Rodeo Queen events will run from June 6 through June 8.

Rodeo events will begin Monday, June 9 at the Taylor County Expo Center, and continue through Friday, June 13. They will be open to the public.

Ticket prices for these events will be $7 for adults and $4 for students.

The competitions culminate with the Finals on Saturday, June 14.

Finals tickets will cost $8 for adults and $5 for students.

For ticket information, you can call the Taylor County Expo Center at (325) 677-4376 or visit the website, http://www.taylorcountyexpocenter.com/.

For the full schedule of events, visit http://www.abilenevisitors.com/THSRA-2014.

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