|Western-style entertainment awaits you at one of Elko’s most famed events, the Silver State Stampede. The Silver State Stampede is the oldest rodeo in Nevada and is held at the Elko County Fairgrounds in the heart of Elko, Nevada. The tradition of this annual rodeo started in 1913 when GS Garcia, the world-famous bit, spur, and saddle maker, decided northern Nevada cowboys needed a rodeo, and the town needed the added entertainment and income. Today’s Stampede has grown into a multi-faceted event, showcasing the best of rodeo and ranch cowboys alike. The Silver State Stampede is held annually in mid-July and features real working cowboys from Nevada and the surrounding states.
For details on this year's event, including event registration and schedule of activities, visit the Silver State Stampede website.
The Stampede includes PRCA sanctioned roping and riding events, as well as the popular Old West Bronc Riding Championship, held in the tradition of old-time buckaroos. This event is open to amateur and professional contestants alike. Entrants ride in the stock saddles they work in every day, to simulate actual working conditions of authentic modern-day cowboys and buckaroos.
Concession stands offer a variety of food and beverages, and a fully-stocked bar supplies beer, wine, and mixed drinks. The Silver State Stampede Trade Show features cowboy gear, western art, furniture, books, quilts, clothing, jewelry, and more! A number of unique Silver State Stampede souvenirs are also available, including t-shirts, caps, and commemorative posters.