For 2014, the Reno Rodeo runs from June 19 through 28. The Reno Rodeo really is wild and rich, and lots of fun too. According to the Reno Rodeo Association, the Reno Rodeo draws over 140,000 fans and boosts the local economy by millions of dollars. It's a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned event with the fourth biggest purse for competitors on the PRCA circuit. It even gets TV coverage on CBS Sports, Fox Sports Net, ESPN, and others.
Reno Rodeo Events
The Reno Rodeo is big time rodeo. It's held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and features all the rodeo action you would expect - saddle bronc, bull riding, bareback, women's professional barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, drill team competitions, and team penning and cutting. Special events include a kid's rodeo, Xtreme Bull Riding, Redneck Truck Show, Championship Drill Team Competition, Cow Dog Trial, Double Dollar Horse Sale, Miss Reno Rodeo, and Reno Rodeo Team Penning and Ranch Sorting. Look for top notch performances from professional cowboys and cowgirls, all trying to get a share of over $500,000 in prize money. The Reno Rodeo Schedule of Events will fill you in on what is happening and when.
Carnival at the Reno Rodeo
Concurrent with the Reno Rodeo, a carnival will be happening on the Events Center grounds. Discount unlimited carnival ride armband passes are available for those who are really into the rides and want to save some money.
Reno Rodeo Parade
The Reno Rodeo Parade turns Reno into a colorful display of rodeo pagentry. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs through downtown Reno along Virginia and Center Streets. This is a popular event - come early to get a good viewing spot. The 2014 Reno Rodeo Parade is on Saturday, June 21. To see what it's like, check out my great pictures of the Reno Rodeo Parade.
Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive
Want to experience what it's like to be a real cowboy or cowgirl? Participate in the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive and you'll find out - heat, dust, dirt, cattle, horses, sore butt, and everything else that goes along with living on the trail and punching cows for five days. If you want to give cow punching a try, read up on what's involved before filling out an application. Saddle seats for the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive fill up fast. If you want to go, plan on applying a year in advance.
The cattle drive starts in Doyle, CA, and arrives at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center five days later. I've watched the arrival and it's really fun to see a bunch of cows being herded through the city streets. One of the best places to watch is the corner of Oddie Boulevard and Sutro Street, a block north of the rodeo grounds. The 2014 Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, June 19 at high noon. Past experience tells me the time is a mere estimate, so don't try this unless you have time to hang around for a while.
Reno Rodeo Tickets
The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is located at 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno. You can purchase Reno Rodeo tickets at the Events Center on the day of the event, but they cost an extra $3. The best way to get tickets is to print a ticket order form for ordering by regular mail, email, or fax. Ticket prices vary depending on seating and performance date. There are a variety of discounts available. For more information, call the Reno Rodeo office at (775) 329-3877.
Reno Rodeo Parking
Reno Rodeo parking at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is $6. The Reno Rodeo public parking web page has details on getting to the Reno Rodeo and navigating to the parking area at the Events Center. This same page also has information about getting to the Reno Rodeo from a variety of places.
Items Not Allowed at the Reno Rodeo
Heightened secruity is in effect at the Reno Rodeo just like most other public gathering places. These items may not be brought onto the Rodeo grounds, arena, or exhibit areas. Bags, jackets, and blankets will be searched. Still and video photography are prohibited with out prior approval.
- Weapons of any type
- Laser pointers
- Artificial noisemakers
- Professional cameras with detachable lenses
- Video cameras, including the GoPro type
- Banners and signs
- Unsealed bottles of water
- Outside food and drink
- Cans or glass bottles
- Personal coolers
Reno Rodeo Foundation
The Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization that supports much more than just bulls, horses, and cowboys. The Reno Rodeo Foundation donates money for literacy programs and scholarships, various children's charities, high school rodeo programs, and Kids' Kampus Activity Center and the indoor riding facility at Marvin Picollo School. The Reno Rodeo Foundation is behind the annual Reno Rodeo Denim Drive, which provides new clothing to abused and neglected children in protective custody and foster care.
The Reno Rodeo Foundation will be sponsoring a Special Kids' Rodeo in 2014 on Sunday, June 22. Participation is free and open to special needs people under the age of 18. Registration is limited to 120 participants. For more information, call (775) 322-9875.
Sources: Reno Rodeo Association and Reno Rodeo Foundation.