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Hold on to your hats – it’s rodeo time!

Fast horses. Oiled leather. Flying dust. Jingling spurs. Hot Action. Cheering Fans. Unending Fun.

It’s that time of year again- Truckee Championship Rodeo time – so get your boots polished and dust off your 10-gallon hats and plan ahead for the 24th year of rodeo festivities planned for Aug. 3-9.

Although the traditional barrel racing, bull riding and calf roping will be the main attractions on the final weekend, the days before the rodeo will hold lots of fun for cowboys and cowgirls alike.

Fashion Show

The fun jump starts Monday, Aug. 3, at the Passage Restaurant with the fourth annual Western Fashion Show in downtown Truckee. As usual, the rage of the show will be boots, hats and big buckles.

The restaurant will be offering food and drink specials for western wear enthusiasts, so come down and belly up to the runway.

Beard contest

Put your razors away because the best of beards and mustaches will be the rage at O.B.’s Pub and Restaurant on Tuesday night for the beard and mustache contest. The judging begins at 6.

Kids’ Day

This year’s new event, Kids’ Day, is a must for children of all ages. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, the McIver Arena will be buzzing with activities and contests.

There will be animals to horse around with, as well as clowns and bullfighters to meet.

On Friday, Aug. 7, McIver Rodeo Arena comes alive with the Sponsors’ Team Penning. Associated Truckee Travel will sponsor the event beginning at 6 p.m.

There is a spectator’s cost of $2.

Rodeo fun

The first day of the actual rodeo event is Saturday, Aug. 8, with a 4 p.m. start.

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a “kids’ boot race” sponsored by Justin Boots. Children, 12 and under, can participate in the contest, which includes running, putting on shoes and winning cowboy boots.

After Saturday’s rodeo, the Junior Horsemen will sponsor a barbecue and dance. Barbecue dinners – steak/chicken and hamburgers/veggie burgers – will cost $10 and $5, respectively. The barbecue is being prepared by Mike Diaz and Taco Station.

Dinner prices include admission to the dance, which will feature Ricky Hays and the American Steel, scheduled after the dinner until midnight.

The final day of the rodeo will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Planned this year is a celebration of Smokey Bear’s 54th birthday.

Costs for the rodeo are $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children. Tickets are available at the Best Western/Truckee Tahoe Inn, JK Korral in Reno and SierraWest – Gateway and downtown locations.

For rodeo information, call 582-9852 or 587-6628.

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