Rodeo fan? Never attended, but are considering it? We have you covered. Wonderful rodeo events take place throughout the year in communities all over Nevada. Here’s a “round-up” of rodeos so you can mark your calendar.
The 28th annual Ranch Hand Rodeo Weekend1 takes place from March 1 through March 5 at Winnemucca Events Complex in Winnemucca. Advertised as the “largest and most exciting in Nevada,” it consists of 30 teams competing in saddle bronc riding, steer stopping, wild mugging, trailer loading, team roping, ranch doctoring, and team branding. Admission is free for Wednesday – Friday events.
The Clark County Fair & Rodeo2 takes place in Logandale from April 12 through April 16 between the hours of 10am and 11pm each day (except for April 16, when it closes at 9pm). The event includes the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, which showcases the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s top 500 cowboys in a nationwide series of rodeos, competing for more than $250,000 in prize money. Competitions include tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. The fair also includes the ever-popular “Mutton Bustin’” event, a fun-filled competition where youngsters try to ride on the back of a sheep for six seconds.
In May, rodeo enthusiasts will be able to check out Helldorado Days3 in Las Vegas. This is a four-day series of community events, including a professional rodeo. It’s a festival that strives to recapture the spirit of the Wild West. While there’s no question that you’ll have fun at the event, as a bonus, 100 percent of proceeds go to children and veterans in Southern Nevada. Helldorado Days is the longest-running civic event in Las Vegas. It features a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, a local’s rodeo, a parade, a carnival, a “whiskerino” (facial hair) contest, a golf tournament, a poker tournament, an art show, an art auction, a trail ride, and exhibits.
The Reno Rodeo4 takes place from June 15 through June 24. This 10-day event attracts more than 140,000 fans annually to see bareback and saddle bronc events, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding, extreme bull riding, and more. Now approaching its 100th year, it also includes a variety of events for the whole family. The Reno Rodeo, billed as the “wildest, richest rodeo in the West,” has been nationally televised on several networks and cable channels.
July 13 through 15 will see the Silver State Stampede5 in Elko. This is the oldest rodeo in the state of Nevada, founded in 1913 by world-famous bit, spur, and saddle maker GS Garcia. Included are a PRCA rodeo, Old West bronc riding, a cowgirl court, and a trade show.
The Pahrump Fall Festival6 features a rodeo event on September 22 and 23. The annual community event, which started out more than 50 years ago as a simple harvest festival, has grown into four days of festivities, including a parade, a carnival, and an old-fashioned rodeo with bull riding, team roping, and rodeo clowns.
In November, the annual Western States Ranch Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeo7 takes place at the Winnemucca Events Complex in Winnemucca. Teams from 13 western states compete in this event (last year even saw two teams from Canada). The event, which began in 2010, continues to grow each year and the finals feature numerous rodeo competitions.
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo8 is a great way to cap off a year of rodeo events throughout the state. It takes place December 7 through 16 in Las Vegas, and represents the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. It’s widely viewed as the world’s premier rodeo. Think of it like the Super Bowl of rodeos. If you have a chance to attend this one, it’s perhaps the one above all that you shouldn’t miss. It is broadcast to over 55 million homes via CBS Sports. Competitions include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping (headers and heelers), saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, WPRA barrel racing and bull riding.
No matter which rodeo(s) you choose to attend, you’re sure to have some old-fashioned family fun, as well as supporting our local Nevada communities.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.
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