Reno's Annual Rodeo Celebration Slated for June

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RENO -- Clients wishing to take a break from the gaming tables of Reno can head for the rodeo celebration known as the "wildest and richest in the West."

The 78th Annual Reno Rodeo is slated for June 21 to 29 at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

The celebration will feature rodeo performances, daytime horse competitions, an exhibit and a carnival.

The event will open with a parade through downtown Reno and a cattle drive.

This year, the celebration will spotlight two new rodeo performances: Dinner Bell Derby and Mutton Busting.

Colts and fillies attempt to search out their mothers in a crowd of horses during the Dinner Bell Derby.

With the foals placed at one end of the arena and the mothers at the other, a bell is sounded, and the baby horses race to reach their mothers. Matching ribbons enable audience members to track the progress of each mother-foal team.

In the Mutton Busting event, young buckaroos are given an opportunity to see what they are made of. For eight wild seconds, the young cowboys and cowgirls cling to woolly sheep as they race around the arena.

Other events will include the usual rodeo competitions, such as saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling and bull riding.

Visitors will be able to stroll through exhibit areas to shop for Western clothing, art, jewelry and gifts.

A carnival also will be featured, with rides, games, food and prizes.

For rodeo ticket information, agents can contact (800) TIC-RODEO.

For additional information, call (702) 329-3877.

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