Photo: AP Photo/Kevin Clifford | Bryce Segotta of Raton, N.M. reaches for the steer during the steer wrestling event at the Reno Rodeo.
The 4th largest and richest rodeo in North America, the Reno Rodeo offers more than $2.5 million to the world’s toughest cowboys and cowgirls.
More than 800 contestants enter to compete in the Reno Rodeo each year.
Fans can see the winners compete up to three times during the 10-day performance, and are guaranteed to see the World’s Top 15 cowboys in each event perform for cash prizes and the event winner receives the coveted Reno Rodeo Silver Spurs.
Total purse for the 2009 rodeo was more than $550,000. The Reno Rodeo is one of the premier stops on the Wrangler Summer Rodeo Tour and will be nationally broadcast on Fox Sports Net, ESPN and ESPN2.
The celebration begins with the Miss Reno Rodeo pageant and a 5-day cattle drive that starts in Doyle, Calif., and ends at the rodeo grounds.
The kickoff to the Reno Rodeo is the PRCA Xtreme Bulls, one night of only Pro bull riding as 40 cowboys compete for $40,000 cash. Nine pro rodeo performances are open to attendees, with PRCA events including Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Women’s Professional Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling and Tie-Down Roping. Other events during rodeo week are Drill Team competitions and Team Penning and Cutting.
There is fun for the whole family with a full carnival, cowboy country shops with more than 150 vendors and carnival food and a mouth-watering food court with plenty of great restaurant quality food.
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Tickets are available at www.renorodeo.com or call (800)225-2277. Tickets range in price from $10 – $25 based on seating and performance date. The Reno Livestock Events Center is located at 1350 N. Wells Ave., near downtown Reno.