Nevada’s oldest rodeo returns to Cowboy Country July 9-11, promising a rip roarin’ time in and out of the saddle at the Elko County Fairgrounds. The annual Silver State Stampede, a northern Nevada tradition in since 1912—Nevada’s Oldest Rodeo, in fact— carries with it an impressive history of rodeo performances over the past century. The story began in 1913 when GS Garcia—the world-famous bit, spur and saddle maker—decided the buckaroos of northern Nevada needed a rodeo. And so it began.

In the decades since, the Silver State Stampede has not only continued, but has built tremendous momentum, drawing quite the crowd from near and far.

Visitors to the event can expect traditional rodeo events: Mutton busting, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding. But the real show-stoppers are the Old West Bronc Riding and infamous Ring of Fear.

Audience members will marvel at genuine ranch hands that bravely jump into the pen for the ride of their lives…an event that surely sets the tone for the even more shocking Ring of Fear.  

Perhaps the biggest crowd pleaser of the night, Silver State Rodeo goers will be effortlessly entertained as six brave men enter a literal ring of fear. The last man standing inside his or her own chalk circle—withstanding a live and very angry bull—wins a cash prize.

To cap off the night, visitors will want to hang around after the Ring of Fear to check out the Cowboy Bar scoot around the dance floor to live musical performances.

The concession stand also dishes up an impressive variety of downright tasty food and drink options, along with a fully stocked bar.

And, don’t forget to get your hands on some amazing loot at the trade show. With impeccable leather goods, spurs and wild rags, visitors certainly won’t go home without a souvenir! A number of unique Silver State Stampede souvenirs are ready for purchase, including t-shirts, hats, and commemorative posters—a hot commodity for die-hard Silver State Stampede goers.

The Silver State Stampede, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo, awards competitors with thousands of dollars in purse money and prizes, including a pair of the highly coveted Garcia spurs.

Click HERE for a complete schedule of events. For more information on the Silver State Stampede and planning your trip to Elko, please dial the Elko Visitors Center at (775) 738-4091 or click Visit Elko.


July 9 - 11, 2021
8:00am - 4:00pm daily

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