NAMPA — The Snake River Stampede is back for its 99th ride.
One of the top 10 regular-season events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will take place at the Ford Idaho Center this week, with evening performances from Tuesday through Saturday.
The Stampede originated from the Nampa Harvest Festival, which featured crop and stock prizes for the best farm, orchard and garden products in 1911. Two years later, the first bucking contest was added. The rodeo continued to expand and grow in popularity, with nearly all of the previous world champions having competed at the Stampede.
This year a record 700 cowboys and barrel racers will participate, correlating to the largest total price money in the history of the event: $420,580.
Competition began Monday with timed-event runs, and will continue Tuesday morning with the livestock show featuring last year's calf scramble winners. Pre-rodeo begins at 6:30 p.m., with drill teams, junior rodeo competition and mutton busting. The opening night calf scramble is at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, fans are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer prevention and awareness. Thursday is Patriot Night, saluting members of the armed forces. Friday is Hometown Hero Night, supporting civil service groups to raise awareness and reduce domestic violence.
Saturday night's finals will crown champions in each event.
Trevor Brazile, the reigning all-around world champion, returns to the Stampede in tie-down and team roping. He has 19 world championships in all-around, tie-down, team roping and steer roping.
Rodeo events begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. Wednesday-Friday, pre-rodeo at 6:30 p.m. Matinee begins at noon Saturday, pre-rodeo at 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and finals at 7:30 p.m.
LAST YEAR'S WINNERS
Bareback riding: Steven Dent
Steer wrestling: K.C. Jones
Team roping: Drew Horner and Buddy Hawks
Saddle bronc: Brady Nicholes
Tie-down roping: Cody Ohl
Barrel racing: Michelle McLeod
Bull riding: Steve Woolsey
Adults $14-$38; seniors (65-plus) $12-36; juniors (3-12) $10-$34 for evenings. Adults $11-$22; seniors $9-$20; juniors $7.50-$18 (free general admission in upper bowl) for Saturday matinee. Parking is free at the Ford Idaho Center.
CALDWELL NIGHT RODEO NEXT MONTH
The 80th Caldwell Night Rodeo returns Aug. 12-16. Tickets are available at will call and local D&B Supply, Idaho Cowboy Supply stores and the Chamber of Commerce.