Truckee Championship Rodeo gallops into town
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 to attend the 24th year of rodeo festivities this weekend.
It’s all about rodeo tradition and the cowboys and cowgirls are sure to please.
Today is Kid’s Day
As a pre-rodeo event, the Truckee-Donner Horsemen Association is sponsoring Kid’s Day, planned for today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McIver Rodeo Arena.
Children can participate in activities, as well as visit an on-site petting zoo. Bullfighter Sean Haralson with Flying U Rodeo will be on hand to sign autographs along with rodeo clown Martin Kiff, who will entertain the rodeo crowds with his antics throughout the weekend.
On Friday, Aug. 7, McIver Rodeo Arena comes alive with the Sponsor’s Team Penning. Associated Truckee Travel will sponsor the event beginning at 6 p.m. There is a spectator cost of $2.
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 with a cake and candles.
This year’s rodeo is being dedicated to the late philanthropist Roxie (McIver) Archie, whose family name appears on the rodeo arena. Archie, who life was rich in Truckee history and generosity, died this winter.
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, SierraWest – Gateway and downtown locations, and Four Seasons Flowers and Gifts.
For rodeo information, call 582-9852 or 587-6628.
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