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World-class cowboys head to Nampa for the 101st Snake River Stampede

Barrel racing is one of the events at the 101st annual Snake River Stampede in Nampa.
Barrel racing is one of the events at the 101st annual Snake River Stampede in Nampa. Idaho Statesman file

Get ready for unbridled fun at this 101-year-old tradition in Nampa. Cowboys from across the nation converge on the farm community for five nights of classic rodeo fun and excitement with the Snake River Stampede. Plus you’ll find a parade, music and more.

▪  It all kicks off with a Community Festival that includes the Nampa Fire Department’s barbecue dinner to benefit its Burnout Fund 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 15, on 13th Ave. in downtown Nampa, with music by Soul Patch. Then on Saturday, July 16, enjoy a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., farmers market starting at 8 a.m., the parade at 10 a.m., plus a vintage car show, kids activities and more throughout the day.

▪  The Stampede Rodeo kicks into high gear with events from saddle bronc riding to steer roping, bull riding to barrel racing 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, to Friday, July 22, and noon (family matinee) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, when the finalist vie for $400,000 in prize money. (There are also “slack” competitions Monday, July 18, and Tuesday, July 19, during the day.)

▪  Indie country rockers Riverbilly play the post-rodeo concert on Friday, July 22.

Festival events are in downtown Nampa; rodeo events are at the Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $15-$40 general, $13-$38 seniors, $11-$36 juniors. Matinee: $12-$23 general, $10-$21 seniors, free-$19 juniors. ICTickets.

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