Rodeo returning to Truckee
TRUCKEE The Truckee rodeo will be back this summer, but under new management. An advertisement taken out in the May 1 Sierra Sun from the Truckee Donner Horsemen Association said the group won’t be hosting the rodeo this year. “The Truckee Donner Horsemen are taking a hiatus do to economic hardship,” said Renee DeAragon, vice president of the group. But the annual event will continue under the leadership of a new group and a new name: Truckee Championship Pro Rodeo, scheduled for July 21-26. Don Jesser, who has been the announcer at the rodeo for 15 years and his wife, Anita, have taken the reigns this year to make sure the town doesn’t lose the event. “My wife and I put up the initial money, but we are relying on the communities support we are getting it, but we need more,” Jesser said. He said the rodeo takes about $60,000 to put on. “What we want the community to know is the rodeo is designed to give back to the youth of the community, and that it is for the community, and by the community,” Jesser said. Last year the rodeo contributed $4,000 to different youth programs, and Jesser said he’s hoping to give more this year, with Girl Scout troops helping serve food at the rodeo and Truckee High School football players helping park cars. Siobhan Smart said kids will also be involved in coloring competitions, a best dressed rodeo clown competition, mutton bustin’, Truckee’s got Talent, and other events. “This year we are going to have local vendors instead of all out-of-town vendors,” Smart said. Other efforts to make the rodeo more local could include a tie-in with Truckee Thursdays, and local gift-certificates as awards, she said. Jesser said it’s important to keep the rodeo going without hiatus to stay a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned event.
For more information, a schedule or how to become a sponsor, go to http://www.truckeerodeo.org.
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