Cowboys and cowgirls from as young as 1 and as old as 18 will saddle up and ride at the annual Lion’s Club Junior Rodeo.
The event, which has been a Fallon staple for more than 40 years, runs today through Monday. Junior rodeo events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, while tonight’s bull riding kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.
Twelve riders will battle for a cash prize, although anyone can enter for $50.
Dayleen Starr, one of this year’s organizers, said competitors will compete in events such as mutton busting, team roping, figure eight, barrel racing, goat tying and much more.
“We have quite a bit of events,” Starr said.
In addition, family events are available and for those not competing, a fast-lane roping station is available for individuals wanting to test their skills with a rope. For $3 per entry and a winner-take-all pot, people can rope dummy heads and heels to see who has the quickest rope in Fallon.
The event starts Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. in front of the Dry Gulch.
The rodeo will also have “after events” such as team roping for anyone wanting to participate. Competitors can earn points toward their American Cowboy Team Roping Association. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Cowboy Church begins at 8 a.m. followed by the rodeo. Sunday’s “after event” is barrel racing, which is sanctioned by the National Barrel Horse Association and is open to all comers.
Also, a Grand Entry will be held at each lunch break on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday’s action begins with the parade at 10 a.m. and is followed by the finals with the top 10 at noon.
“We hope to get a lot of spectators,” Starr said. “Just come out and support the kids. We do this for the kids.”