Silver State Stampede Rodeo Archives
Silver State Stampede Rodeo Celebrated 100 Years in 2012
In 1912, G. S. Garcia, originally from Salinas, California, put on the first Silver State Stampede in Elko, Nevada. At that time it was a carnival and celebration, as well as a rodeo. The rodeo committee was established with 60 community members and the gala event involved the whole community for five full days.Here we are 100 years later and the Silver State rodeo committee put on the Silver State Stampede starting with a concert on Wednesday July 11, a kick-off party and Old West Bronc Riding and Calcutta on Thursday, and a PRCA rodeo with mutton busting and Old West Bronc Riding on Friday and Saturday evenings. John Wright produced a Bucking Bull Futurity on Sunday. This marked 100 years for this rodeo, making the Silver State Stampede the oldest rodeo in Nevada.
The Centennial Silver State Stampede concluded on Saturday, with over $40,000 in purse money and prizes being awarded in seven PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association) rodeo events and two special events. All PRCA event winners received a pair of Garcia spurs. The Silver State Stampede is the only professional rodeo to offer the coveted Garcia spurs as a prize.