Ropin’, ridin’ and wranglin’

Courtesy Truckee Rodeo

Experience Western culture at the 44th annual Truckee Professional Rodeo from Aug. 24 to 26 at McIver Arena. The fun starts on Aug. 24 at Kids’ Day with free rodeo-themed activities: roping, stick horse races and brushing horses. The rodeo queens will be on hand to teach kids all about the rodeo. They can watch a performance by the Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Drill Team and enjoy a free barbecue lunch. That night, Men Wielding Fire will cater a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m., then until 8 p.m. there’s dummy steer roping and open barrel racing.

On Aug. 25, wear your best red, white and blue for Patriot Day. In addition to the traditional rodeo events, there will be mutton bustin’, a boot race for the kids and a performance by a world-renowned trick roper. Afterwards, a Western Dance will begin with local band, Everyday Outlaw.

Aug. 26 is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day to show support for breast cancer awareness. This second day will also feature mutton busting and a trick roper, as well as more rodeo events.

General admission tickets for the grandstands and grass seating are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 12; ages 5 and younger can enter free of charge. Bags will be checked at the entrance. Do not bring food into the arena; there are vendors for food and drink, all of which will be taking cash only.

Parking on the south-side lot is $10. Free shuttle parking is available along Soaring Way near the Truckee Tahoe Airport. A shuttle will pick up every 10 minutes at the corner of Aviation and Soaring. The shuttle will run from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. | truckeerodeo.org

Friday, Aug. 24
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Kids Day | Free
5 p.m. | BBQ dinner, live music
5- 8 p.m. | Dummy steer roping & open barrel race

Saturday, Aug. 25
3 p.m. | Gates open
4:45 p.m. | Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Drill Team
5-7:30 p.m. | Rodeo starts
8-10 p.m. | Western Dance with Everyday Outlaw

Sunday, Aug. 26
11 a.m. | Gates open
12:45 p.m. | Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Drill Team
1 p.m. | Rodeo starts