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Reno Rodeo Offers Something For Everyone

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If you're looking for a taste of the cowboy life, there is no better place to be than the Reno Rodeo, this week.  The Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West started last Thursday and will continue through Saturday.

The rodeo sold out over the weekend and officials are expecting a big turnout for the rest of the week. As many as 8,500 spectators pack into the Reno Rodeo Arena, every night to cheer on the top 40 rodeo athletes in the world, in a wide variety of events.

"We try to change everything up, every year," Larry Stacy, President of the 2015 Reno Rodeo said. "Different acts, different venues in the indoor arena."

In fact, the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic started in the indoor arena, this Monday morning. That's also where you can also find plenty of specialty kiosks with western apparel like cowboy hats.

"It's just always fun to be here and all the vendors and shopping and the crowd and people," Seanna Reynolds, Gardnerville resident said. "Just the whole experience is fun."

The ticket booth is seeing a steady line of people, getting their passes to the rodeo. But there's plenty of other options before things get underway.  The carnival starts at 4 p.m. on weeknights and noon on Saturday, during the Reno Rodeo. There's plenty of food to go along with it.

"The food court is as comparable to anything you have outside," Stacy said. "So, come early, sit down and eat, and then come to the rodeo."

While bull riding gets a lot of attention Stacy says it's barrel racing and a certain sheep-riding contest that steal the show.

"Mutton Bustin', as far as the kids go," Stacy said. "They love mutton bustin' but when the girls come out to run, they get behind that one, too. And bulls, people just like to see the bulls."

No matter what your favorite event is, fans say the Reno Rodeo is a chance to escape the real world, and live the country life.

"I think it's what our heritage is about. American," Weston Hutchings, McArthur, California resident said. "And I think people like to come out and kind of live the cowboy way of life for a couple days and have fun."

This is a huge rodeo for the competitors with about $1.5 million worth of prize money being handed out this week. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. during the 10-day event.
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