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Saddle Up! The Snake River Stampede is Next Week! Main Treasure Valley Life

It’s time once again to saddle up for one of the best rodeos in the United States: The Snake River Stampede! Every year during the third week of July, this rodeo beings top-tier rodeo talent to the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.

That isn’t an exaggeration when we say the Snake River Stampede is one of the top rodeos in the country. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, who sanction rodeo events in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, recognizes the Snake River Stampede as one of the top twelve professional rodeos in the United States. In addition, the Stampede was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2014.

The 2021 106th Snake River Stampede will take place July 20-24th at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Tickets can be bought online or at the gate at the Idaho Center. The rodeo will feature classic rodeo events like bull riding, bareback bronco riding, barrel racing, roping events, steer wrestling, and the fan-favorite mutton bustin’, as well as a host of other rodeo and community events. There is a reason it is dubbed “The Wildest Fastest Show on Earth”. The competitors participating in the Snake River Stampede are top-tier professional talent from across the country. And they are all congregating in our backyard.

You can find a calendar of events here and a description of rodeo events here.

History of the Snake River Stampede

The Snake River Stampede can directly trace its roots to the first Nampa Harvest Festival in 1911. The harvest festival featured crop and stock exhibits, prizes, sports, contests, and amusements. In 1913, after two years of success, the festival added a bucking contest, which proved to be an instant success. Year after year, the harvest festival added more events and more people flocked to Nampa to participate and spectate. Through the 1920s and 1930s through the Great Depression, the buck show was the backbone of the harvest festival but didn’t have its own name.

In 1937, that changed. With aspirations to become a national rodeo event, the buck show separated itself from the harvest festival and moved its performance dated to July to partake in the rodeo calendar. After joining the Rodeo Cowboys Association and being dubbed the Snake River Stampede, Nampa had its own professional rodeo. To make it ultimately official, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially opened the rodeo at 8 pm local time by pressing the golden telegraph key that also kicked off operations in the Panama Canal and power generation at the Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam).

In 1950, a state-of-the-art horseshoe stadium was built that could seat 10,000 people on Garrity Boulevard north of Lakeview Park. To entertain them at halftime, a top-tier western star by the name of Gene Autry was brought in. The stands were filled every night of the rodeo to hear him perform. Since then, Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers, Glen Campbell, and Reba McEntire have all come to Nampa to perform at the Stampede. In fact, Reba McEntire’s headlining performance at the Snake River Stampede was her first time being the headline event. Reba herself is a former rodeo barrel racer. Check out this year’s performers here.

Since 1997, the Snake River Stampede has called the Idaho Center its home. Thanks to its modern indoor facilities, more than 10,000 people can view the rodeo in air-conditioned comfort.

Whether you are a rodeo newbie, or you are a yearly attendee, the Snake River Stampede is an event you won't want to miss. It is another showcase of national events right here in our backyard. See you there!

Posted by AndrewS at 7/15/2021 11:26:00 PM

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