Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- After 10 days of bull riding, bronc riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing, it’s all come to a close. The 95th anniversary of the Reno Rodeo is in the books. With 93,000 tickets sold this year, Reno Rodeo Executive Director Steve Duque says the ticket sales were up from last year.
“This year was a huge success. Numbers are up,” Duque said. “We only had to transport one cowboy off property. If everyone gets out of here healthy, all the animals get out of here healthy. That is our goal.”
The seats weren’t being sold as quickly as the Reno Association anticipated at the beginning, but as the event went on, the numbers grew.
“We had a couple slow days at the start, but we finished extremely strong,” says Duque. “I think we’re gonna end up right exactly where we want to be.”
The Reno Rodeo is the longest running special event in the Biggest Little City. Fans get to enjoy the tradition of the western lifestyle, with also a few new twists and turns to keep people of all ages coming back. “We tried to switch some things up this year and tried some different acts so every night you come down here, you see something a little different,” Duque said.
None of this would be possible without the hardworking vendors, the Reno Rodeo Association and of course all of the competitors and the animals. However, the backbone of this event seems to fly under the radar.
“Volunteers are the life blood of the Reno Rodeo,” says Duque. “Without the volunteers there’s absolutely no way this special event could go on.”
Steve says that this year the rodeo had over 500 volunteers. “It’s imperative that the volunteers keep coming back and it’s also imperative that we gain new volunteers. We want people to come down and be a part of this. We call this the rodeo family and it truly is.”
After a week and a half of selling tickets, food and drinks… where does all the revenue go? Well, think of it as a 10-day fundraiser.
“Our motto is, ‘we rodeo for the kids.’ 355 days out of the year we take care of kids that get rescued from bad homes and put into the foster system. We clothe them, we give away scholarships to UNR, we’ve put in playground equipment at Marvin Picollo School. Everything we raise is given back to the community.”
The Reno Rodeo Association has already started planning for 2015 and Steve says fans certainly will not be disappointed next year.