Cody and Kristina deGolyer have worked hard over the past eight years to build an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family and the surrounding northern Nevada community. They decided to start the rodeo after they took their four kids to the Reno Rodeo one summer. Kristina said once they got there and the kids saw the carnival and got wrist bands for $30 each and then food, “We got home $600 later and realized you shouldn’t have to go broke going out with your family.”
Cody added that they thought it was important to keep Rodeo in Fallon. “This is a rodeo community, it’s our culture,” he said.
They talked it over for the next couple of days and then, “We went down to Parks and Recreation and talked to Cindy and rented the fairgrounds for a two-day event. We didn’t even know what we were doing,” laughs Kristina.
The first two years were rough, they said, “We hocked the boat to pay for rough stock,” said Cody. “Now we have continuous sponsors who support us and make this possible for the community.”
In addition to the rodeo on Saturday night, there is a family/kid zone with water slides, bounce houses, and face painting. There are several food vendors along with booths for merchandise. And this year the deGoylers are adding a BBQ and Barn Dance on Friday night.
For $25 adults can get tri-tip and beans dinner, $10 for kids, and enjoy live music from Steven Christie who is playing with friends in a band they call Stillwater Legends. The BBQ starts at 7 p.m. There will be dancing to 90s country and bluegrass music along with a cash bar, all held in the Dry Gulch building.
Attendees can also win prizes with a $250 gas card being raffled off for filling out the event survey, and a hay raffle of 20 bales of alfalfa from Abe’s Feed with the proceeds going to support the sponsorship of youth rodeo contestants.
There are currently 135 contestants signed up for bull riding, ranch bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway, and best of all – wild cow milking. Not to mention the junior events, steer riding, calf riding, and mutton busting.
The Rodeo starts on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will be held in the outdoor arena. All tickets are $10 and can be pre-purchased at Big R or online at rodeoticket.com. Tickets will be available at the gate.
“The grandstand holds 3,000 people and last year we had close to 4,500 for standing room only,” said Cody. “We had to stop selling tickets at the gate.”
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