Douglas County Junior Rodeo Aug. 10-11

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The Douglas County Junior Rodeo, a longtime Valley tradition, is set for Aug. 10 and 11 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Entries will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 2, including for the Pee Wee (ages 0-5) events that do not require a horse.

Organizers are still looking for sponsors and volunteers to help carry the rodeo off.

“This is a two-day youth rodeo with an average of 120 participants,” said Michelle Tems, who is organizing this year’s rodeo. “There are a lot of people that come in for this, and they are out at the restaurants and stores and that kind of thing. So it is good exposure as a sponsor.

“The junior rodeo is such an awesome thing. I’d hate to see it go by the wayside for these kids. There are about six to eight of them in the area, towns try to put them on. Fallon almost didn’t have theirs this year, but some volunteers got together and made it happen.

“It’s so important for the kids. My daughter, she lives and breathes rodeo. You can find anything more hometown and down to earth. It’s just a sport we really enjoy with the kids.”

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The cost to put on a rodeo for two days can run up to $16,000 in materials, facilities, equipment, prizes and, of course, insurance.

The rodeo starts at 8 a.m. both days and runs all day. The age classes run the gamut from seniors to intermediates, then juniors and pee wees. The pee wees go through their events on stick horses and roping hay bales.

“It just a way to kind of introduce them to the sport,” Tems said. “They don’t necessarily have to have even done it before. It really ends up being a lot of fun.”

The Pee Wee events only run on Sunday.

Admission to watch the rodeo is free.

Tems said anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity would be welcome.

“There’s a strong core of people that step up every year, but we’ll gladly take any help we can get,” Tems said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the rodeo or in volunteering can call her at  775-450-7847. For more information, Douglas County Junior Rodeo also has a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/douglascountyjuniorrodeo.

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