The wildest, richest rodeo in the west returned last week after a one-year absence: the Reno Rodeo! Kicking off its competition schedule on Thursday, June 17 with their traditional Xtreme Bulls event, it marked the first of Northern Nevada’s major events to make a full return following last year’s shutdowns due the pandemic.
The rodeo has had its full schedule of events as well as no spectator restrictions on attendance, with ten full days of competition and special events. Events will wrap up with finals on June 26 at the Outdoor Arena at the Livestock Events Center.
“The Reno Rodeo has been around for a long time and it’s been an important part of the fabric of our community, not only because of the economic impact to our region, but for the sense of pride and excitement it brings,” Reno Rodeo general manager George Combs told the RGJ via email. “We feel a great deal of responsibility being the first major event out of the gate in 2021, but we’re also excited to be able to give folks something to look forward to.”
The Reno Rodeo is a sanctioned Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event; it features many of the world’s best cowboys competing in a full range of events, including bareback bronc riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and women’s events in barrel racing and breakaway roping. In previous years, officials have organized a number of “theme nights” and they have returned this year: Patriot Night (June 18), Back the Pack Night (June 23) and Breast Cancer Awareness Night (June 25).
No virus-related spectator regulations will be in place at the Outdoor Arena. However, rodeo officials say they are following current CDC and state guidelines for mask-wearing and are asking non-vaccinated attendees to wear masks and to practice social distancing while at the arena.
As the summer stretches on, many more events have returned to Reno-Tahoe! From hot air balloons filling the skies, cook-off competitions that shutdown downtown, festivals celebrating every engine-powered vehicle imaginable, and more. Click the link below for a great resource to the year’s calendar of events!