Reno Rodeo offers family-friendly events

RENO — The Reno Rodeo, which kicks off for ten-days on June 20, has a full slate of family-friendly events and activities including Kids’ Day, Mutton Bustin’ and Special Kids’ Rodeo, all of which are sure to fill the days with memorable experiences for the whole family. 

Wild Pony Races — June 21-24

Catch the Wild Pony Races on June 21 to the 24. Four teams of three kids ages 8–14 will compete to rope, halter and ride ponies. Teams with the longest ride are deemed the winner.

Rodeo Parade — June 22

Celebrate the west at this year’s Reno Rodeo Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22. 

The parade will march downtown on Virginia Street, starting on College Drive and ending at Mill Street. See horses, wagons, Miss Reno Rodeo, and more at this year’s parade!

Reno Rodeo Kids’ Day — June 23

Reno Rodeo Kids’ Day allows children to learn the ropes of being a cowboy or a cowgirl. Kids’ Day is a free event and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 in the Livestock Events Center. 

Children will learn about western lifestyle, agriculture, safety, and more. Kids’ Day will include several animals, interactive vendors, and live displays throughout the indoor arena. 

Fourth Annual Reno Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ Championships — June 23

Mutton Bustin’ is back. Watch young cowboys and cowgirls race and ride sheep to win the championship. 

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 and the event ends at 1 p.m. Applications are full for the championship, so apply early next year on the Reno Rodeo website.

Special Kids’ Rodeo — June 23

The Special Kids’ Rodeo allows children and young adults with physical and mental exceptionalities to participate in western activities. 

Participants can interact with animals, rope steer dummies, and ride mechanical bulls and horses. Applications are closed and will be made available next spring for the 2020 rodeo.  

Sierra Nevada Junior Rodeo — June 28 and June 29

See young cowboys and cowgirls in action at the Sierra Nevada Junior Rodeo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28–29. This exciting event highlights youth competing in team roping, breakaway roping, steer daubing, goat tying and barrel racing. 

The Pee Wees will be dummy roping and competing on their stick horses.