It’s rodeo time.
Tickets are now on sale for the 102nd Clovis Rodeo, to be held April 21-24 in the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.
This year Clovis Rodeo is one of only two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Gold Tour Rodeos in California — and one of only seven in the world — and will bring some of the sport’s world champions and top cowboys to the state.
Country Music star Jerrod Niemann and the chart topping duo of LOCASH are scheduled to perform on Thursday and Friday nights.
One ticket price will get fans the rodeo and a concert in the same night.
On opening day the PBR Bull Riding Touring Pro-Division will return with some of the rankest bulls and toughest up-and-coming cowboys in bull riding, followed by country music star Jerrod Niemann in concert. Hitting the music scene in 2010 with a top-ten album, Niemann hasn’t stopped climbing the charts and continues to entertain fans with songs like “Lover, Lover,” “Drink to that all Night” and his latest single “Blue Bandana.”
Friday night will open the PRCA rodeo action and include a concert by the dynamic country duo LOCASH with their latest chart topping single “I Love this Life.”
Clovis Rodeo Concerts are coordinated with support from 93.7 KISS Country Radio.
Two more days of PRCA Gold Tour Rodeo action will follow along with the popular Clovis Rodeo parade on Saturday, April 23.
In an effort to keep Clovis Rodeo one of the premier professional rodeos in the world today, the board of directors increased the prize money for 2016 to $20,000 per event ($40,000 in team roping) to continue to attract the top competitors in the world. The substantial amount of added money to the rodeo, combined with stock from the top contractors in the industry, assures fans they will be watching the best of the best in competition.
Clovis Rodeo arena director Vince Genco said fans will see, “National Finals Rodeo-quality competition right here in their own backyard.”
“The continued success of this great regional event would not be possible without the support of our community, especially our Clovis Rodeo volunteers, fans and sponsors,” he continued. “By producing this caliber of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, each year the Clovis Rodeo embraces and celebrates our heritage, while giving back generously to our youth, service clubs, schools and our hometown.”
The Clovis Rodeo Association will begin a month long celebration leading up to the 102nd rodeo with a Jackpot Roping competition on Sunday, April 3. The annual Ranch Rodeo will follow on Saturday, April 9, giving local cowboys and cowgirls the opportunity to show off their horsemanship skills. The annual Rodeo Queen competition will be held on Saturday, April 16.
The Ranch Rodeo, Jackpot Roping and Queen’s Horsemanship events are non-ticketed functions. All other events require a ticket for entry.
Tickets and a schedule are available online at www.clovisrodeo.com; the ticket office will open Feb. 29 for sales as well.
Tickets range in price from $20 - $30 and are reserved seating only for all performances. A Thursday and Friday ticket combo package is available for $50. Parking at the rodeo grounds, on Clovis Avenue between Bullard and Shaw, is free.
The all-volunteer, nonprofit Clovis Rodeo Association (CRA) is 700 members strong. CRA donates more than $175,000 in Clovis Rodeo proceeds and related events to local charities, including 4-H, FFA, Clovis Schools, Clovis Police Activities League, California High School Rodeo Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Break the Barriers, Boy Scouts of America, Clovis Community Hospital and Central California Blood Center.
The Rodeo was begun in 1914 by the Clovis Women’s Club as a way of bringing friends together to celebrate their community. Always held the last weekend in April, it is a four-day rodeo and monthlong celebration of Clovis’ cattle ranching legacy. The rodeo often sells out; it had more than 45,000 visitors last year.