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Stampede saddle

J.M. Capriola co-owner John Wright, left, and Centennial Committee Chairman Alan London stand with the Silver State Stampede commemorative buckle and saddle. Sponsors who give $1,000 will earn a buckle and a chance to win the saddle.

ELKO — Planning is under way for the Silver State Stampede and coordinators are looking for sponsors for the centennial celebration of Nevada’s oldest rodeo.

Sponsorship is $1,000 and is limited to 100. Each sponsor will receive tickets for the full rodeo and a belt buckle.

“There’s been a lot of enthusiasm over the rodeo,” said Chairman of the Centennial Committee Alan London. “The centennial is an opportunity to reawaken that enthusiasm. We want to see business owners excited about it.”

Those who donate the $1,000 amount will also be entered into a drawing for a commemorative Silver State Stampede saddle commissioned by local saddle shop J.M. Capriola Co.

“A big chunk of the money we make is going to the Ronald McDonald House. Just about every week someone from Elko is in there,” London said.

Money will also go to Great Basin College for its agriculture program. The total donated to these and other organizations is an estimated $50,000.

The rodeo will feature a procession of 100 riders carrying 100 American flags, donated by Conoco Phillips.

“Each one of those flags represents a year in this rodeo,” London said. “But we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the men and women serving our country.”

Deedee Garcia will be heading up the procession at 6 p.m. Friday, July 13, carrying a flag from Washington, D.C. The other American flags will be for sale to the public for $25. The money raised will support the local POW*MIA.

The first rodeo event is a concert with Sawyer Brown and Little Tex at 7 p.m. on July 11. Tickets are $35 and also gets participants into the Kick-Off event. Tickets are available online or at Boot Barn, the Convention Center and J.M. Capriola Co.

Residents and visitors can also expect to see a Silver State Stampede float at the Fourth of July parade. Walt Leberski put together the float, which will carry the Garcia horse from the Northeastern Nevada Museum, wearing the Capriola saddle.

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Find Heather Kennison on Twitter @hkennisonEDFP. You can also continue the discussion online at the Free Press’ Facebook page, and on Twitter at @ElkoDaily.

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