The Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center is home to an abundance of entertaining events throughout the year, from horse shows and fundraising events to world-class rodeos and more. This summer, Expo Center visitors can expect to experience plenty of family-friendly rodeo action.

The National Barrel Horse Association OK05 Chapter will return to the Expo Center June 10 for an evening of exciting barrel racing. Exhibitions will begin at 5 p.m., with classes following at 7 p.m. Rodeo fans are invited to spectate for no charge. Entries to compete will be accepted on-site. For more information, please call (405) 570-1212.

Join us at the Expo Center June 24-25 for the Oklahoma Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Summer Show. Classes on Saturday, June 24 will feature herd work and speed events including barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, stake race, breakaway roping, ranch cutting and more. Classes on Sunday, June 25 will feature reining, handy ranch and others. The event will be judged by Reevea Nickerson and Wayne Whitehead. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. both days. Show pre-entry closes June 20. For more information, please visit OKFQHR.com.

Rodeo fans can also look forward to the 25th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo returning to the Expo Center July 9-14. The IFYR showcases the top high school athletes competing in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. The top 15 contestant averages in each event go on to compete in the championship round short go for a chance to rope up prizes. Registration for IFYR competitive event spaces is open online now. Tickets for the IFYR will go on sale July 7. For more information or to register to compete, visit IFYR.com.

For more information about the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, visit ShawneeExpo.org.

Located just minutes from the “crossroads of America,” the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center sits on 52 acres of fairgrounds with a variety of facility options including an outdoor arena, indoor arena and more than 150,000-square-feet of exhibit and meeting space. Complete with a top-notch RV park, the Expo Center is the perfect location for any size event including, banquets, shows, events and more. For more information on the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition center visit ShawneeExpo.org or call (405) 275-7020.