Get Bucked at the Snake River Stampede 

Tuesday, July 19-Saturday, July 23

Pull on those dusty old cowboy boots and grab your Stetson: the Snake River Stampede is returning to Nampa for the 96th annual rodeo and festival. Bucking bulls and plenty of beer will fill the Idaho Center Tuesday, July 19-Monday, July 25.

Billy the Kid and Deadwood Dick would be proud to watch the bronc riding and steer wrestling touted as "the wildest, fastest show on Earth." Other down-and-dirty rodeo events include bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping and ladies' barrel racing. And, of course, the ever-popular mutton busting for the kids and the famous Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.

What was once a small, local competition with bucking stock brought in from over the hill in Horseshoe Bend has turned into a major national event. This year's competition comes with a hefty prize of $400,000 for the top cowboy. The Snake River Stampede is ranked in the top 10 for regular season professional rodeos. According to snakeriverstampede.com, "virtually all of the world champions have competed at the Stampede at one time or another."

Other events throughout the week include the Buckaroo Breakfast, livestock shows and the Miss Rodeo Idaho competition. Wednesday is Rodeo Stampede for the Cure night, when attendees will wear pink and show their support for breast cancer awareness. Thursday is Patriot Night, honoring the armed forces, and Friday is Extreme Rodeo night.

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