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Cattle Drive 2017 Arrives In Reno

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Today was the big day ...just before noon, 300 cattle made their way down the roads of north Reno and into the Livestock Events Center. It's the end of a five day journey and Channel 2 joined the drive for the last few days. 

At high noon today, adults and children lined the streets, waving and greeting riders as they made the final push.

Alisa Abderrahmanzi says the crowds were a lot bigger this year than last,  "They're so supportive, they're cheering you on. They're like 'yeah - good job' and it just felt good to be part of something.”

Something pretty darned elaborate. Arriving in town is the icing on the cake. 

The cattle drive covers a lot of land...from Doyle, California to Reno, every year to kick off the rodeo.  The popular tradition is in its 27th year and more beloved than ever.

"Every trip, every year has been different,” says Lewin Williams, “You know, our first night here, snow, rain all night long. We're freezing and my brother and I just look at each other and laugh.”

People of all ages and from all over the world participate in the cattle drive.  The available guest spots sell-out quickly.  This is the 9th year for Williams, who makes the event a family reunion of sorts.

"My brother will be 70 in January and is still loving it. So if there's people out there thinking, gosh this is something I’d like to do, but maybe I'm too old - you're never too old” says Williams with a smile.

Abderrahmanzi says she’s ready to sign up again for next year; “You have this strange bond because you're struggling together, having fun together."

We were lucky enough to experience it ourselves. The team work and camaraderie are UN-paralleled.

About 51 guests joined the drive this year, the cost is about $2,000 per person, and the spots do fill up every year.

2018 Cattle Drive applications are now being accepted, http://www.renorodeo.com/events/2017/2017-cattle-drive.

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