Western-style entertainment await you one of Elko’s most famed events, the Silver State Stampede. The Silver State Stampede is the oldest rodeo in Nevada and is held at the Elko County Fairgrounds in the heart of Elko, Nevada. The tradition of this annual rodeo started in 1913 when GS Garcia, the world-famous bit, spur, and saddle maker, decided that northern Nevada cowboys needed a rodeo, and the town needed the added entertainment and income. Today, the Stampede is extremely unique in that it is the only professional rodeo to offer Garcia spurs to event winners. The Silver State Stampede is held annually in mid-July and features real working cowboys from Nevada and the surrounding states.
The Kick-Off party is one of the most exciting and fun aspects of the rodeo. It brings the best of the West to spectators of all ages. The crowd-pleasing Ring of Fear offers a thrill to participants and spectators alike. Five amateur ‘bullfighters’ are pitted against a PRCA fighting bull. Each person must remain in their designated circle as the bull charges, with contestants being eliminated if they leave their circle to avoid the bull—a half-ton of athletic, angry hooves and horns. The last man standing in his circle (or lying, as the case may be) wins $500. Exciting and unpredictable, the Ring of Fear is yet another unique aspect of the Silver State Stampede.
The Stampede includes PRCA sanctioned roping and riding events, as well as the popular Old West Bronc Riding Championship, held in the tradition of old-time buckaroos. This event is open to amateur and professional contestants alike. Entrants ride in the stock saddles they work in every day, to simulate actual working conditions of authentic modern-day cowboys and buckaroos.
Each night following the conclusion of the day’s rodeo performance, a live band strikes it up. Dance under the stars and mingle with rodeo contestants “Where the Sidewalk Ends and the West Begins.”
Concession stands at the Stampede offer a variety of high-quality food and beverages, and a fully-stocked bar supplies beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Vendors of western wear, tack, and cowboy gear are scheduled to set up booths. A number of unique Silver State Stampede souvenirs are also available, including t-shirts, caps, and commemorative posters.
The Silver State Stampede offers an expanded western gear show featuring cowboy gear, western art, furniture, books, quilts, clothing, jewelry, toys, stationary…just about anything that fits the western lifestyle!