ELKO — Although Friday marks the start of fall, there are still plenty of outside events taking place throughout the area, including the second annual Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo.
The Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association brought the rodeo to Nevada three years ago in Battle Mountain. This year’s event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Elko County Fairgrounds.
“It’s a really good rodeo circuit that people can join,” said event volunteer Aron Means, who has worked with the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority to bring the rodeo to Elko.
“It’s a great family rodeo organization,” he said. “They put together a really good rodeo — it’s very fast paced.”
The rodeo is semi-professional, meaning high school aged competitors can enter. Events include bull riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and bareback riding. They also include breakaway roping for female competitors.
“It’s not a ranch rodeo or PRCA, so they offer more events than normal,” Means said.
Last year, 203 competitors participated. Means said they are anticipating between 205-220 at this weekend’s event.
The ECVA decided to give a local nonprofit organization the opportunity to benefit from the event. All gate and concession proceeds will go to the POW/MIA Elko Awareness Association. Members from the association will be in attendance selling the alcohol and food to raise money for the organization’s projects and mission.
Road Hog Bar-B-Que & Grill will also serve food during the rodeo. Means said a portion of those proceeds will also go to the POW/MIA Elko Awareness Association.
The cost to attend the event is $8 for adults and children 12 and younger are free.
“It’s one of the best rodeos people will see all year long because of the stock and the fact that it is so fast paced,” Means said.