The International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) rides into town on Sunday and this year marks the 25th anniversary. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, we have you covered on everything you need to know to make your IFYR experience great.
The event takes place July 9-14th at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center. They are located at 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee, and you will not be able to enter the Expo grounds “the back way” directly from Highway 177. Instead, you will need to exit 177 at Kickapoo Spur and come in on Independence. Phone number: 405-275-7020
The Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center offers ample parking onsite. Visitors will also have the option of purchasing items from the concession stands or food trucks that will be on the premises for the IFYR event.
The Expo Center has RV accommodations for those wanting to camp onsite. There are 366 50-amp full hookups and four stations that include showers and washers and dryers. There are 133 additional 50-amp spaces with water and electricity only and 296 30-amp spaces with water and electricity only. These spots are for rodeo participants only, and are probably close to sold out.
Events include barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, bareback riding, and more. IFYR kicks off Sunday July 9th at 8 p.m. and concludes Friday July 14th with the finals at 7:30 p.m. There will be two performances each day; one at 9:00 a.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. A full event schedule can be found on IFYR’s website.
Spectators can purchase tickets from the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center box office now. The box office will be open July 8th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 9th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are also available for purchase before each event throughout the week. Adult all session passes are $110 and child all session passes are $55. Individual tickets are available for adults $12 and children $6.
For visitor-related questions, there are many ways to reach us:
- Tweet us: @visitshawneeok
- Live Chat with us: just click the pink chat bubble in the lower left corner
- Call us: 405-275-9780
- Stop by: Visit Shawnee’s office is at 231 N. Bell Ave. We are on the corner of Bell and 10th and can provide you with a visitor guide, map, and answer any questions you might have.
Shawnee offers a wide variety of great to choose from. Here are a few local favorites:
- Hamburger King – (not to be confused with Burger King) Located on Main Street, Hamburger King opened in 1927 and has been serving juicy burgers ever since. Hamburger King has aa diner vibe and recently voted one of the best burgers in OK
- Van’s Pig Stand – another historic restaurant in Shawnee that opened in the 1930s. There are two locations in Shawnee, the original store on Highland, and another one on Harrison.
- Billy Boy BBQ – another great BBQ joint in town that, even though it is not as famous as Van’s, is just as delicious. Billy Boy BBQ serves great barbecue and burgers.
- Shawnee Pho – Pronounced “fuh”, pho is a Vietnamese staple and is a noodle and rice soup. It’s definitely hot this time of year, so not many people might be thinking about a hot soup, but it’s fantastic. Pho features a really flavorful beef broth with rice noodles and your choice of meat. It is topped with herbs and bean sprouts. Shawnee Pho also sells other Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
- Phoenix Asian Grill – not only is their food delicious but they give you plenty of it. They also offer cooked and raw sushi that always seems to be made with the freshest ingredients.
- Paul’s Place – Locally owned, this is a delicious place to get a steak (or any other meal) at a reasonable price.
- Abuelita's on 177 – this is one of four restaurants by the same name in town, but this location is one of the more popular ones, especially if you are with a large group. With plenty of room and great food, Abuelita's is the perfect spot for your group dinner.
- Cazadorez – a local favorite, Cazadorez is known for their great white queso and fun atmosphere.
- Don Ciros – This could lovingly be called a “hole in the wall," but in all the best ways. Don Ciros is authentic Mexican food, but can be hard to find if you’re not looking for it. It’s located on Harrison across the street from Braum's. Don Ciros has a drive-through window for call ahead orders.
- Fry Bread Taco - Frybread tacos are a unique treat that features a delicious fry bread base, topped with your choice of meat, beans, toppings and sauces. It's not something you'll be able to find just anywhere, so give it a try!
- Sunny Side Up – a family owned diner that was recently voted by Shawnee residents as “Favorite Breakfast” in town. The service is friendly and the breakfast is great.
- Donuts – donuts are a delicious breakfast option in Shawnee. Check out our website for some of our favorite donut shops.
Misc. Information about Shawnee
- Laundromats – The Suds Bucket 1624 N. Harrison or Highland Laundry 1001 E. Highland
- Post Office – 116 E. 9th St. or 303 W.MacArthur St.
- Hospital - St. Anthony Hospital 3200 Medical Park Dr.
- Urgent Care - St. Anthony Physicians Urgent Care 1102 W. MacArthur St.
If you have any questions related to the rodeo check out IFYR’s website. You can also call the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center at 405-275-7020 or Visit Shawnee at 405-275-9780.