As Nevada’s oldest rodeo, the tradition 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 like mutton busting, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding, but the real showstoppers 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.
Also, the concession stand 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 souvineers are ready for purchase, including t-shirts, hats, and commemorative posters—a hot commodity for die-hard Silver State Stampede goers.
Best yet, the Silver State Stampede, a PRSA Rodeo [Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association] awards competitors with thousands of dollars in purse money and prizes, including a pair of the highly coveted Garcia spurs.
Location: Elko County Fairgrounds, 13 Fairgrounds Rd., Elko
For more information on specific event details, please check out www.silverstatestampede.com.