HASTINGS - The 2020 Nebraska High School State Finals Rodeo won't happen in Hastings this summer.

With guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from local health departments and the governor's office, the Adams County Ag Society decided this week to cancel the event, scheduled for June 18-20.

"It was an emotional decision, but it was decided that, in order to be socially responsible, there was no reasonable way to keep competitors, fans, volunteers and sponsors healthy," officials said in a press release. 

Officials said limiting gatherings, practicing social distance, wearing masks and testing volunteers and committee members for the novel coronavirus was not going to be feasible.

The 2021 Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo is set to take place in Hastings on June 17-19.