Reno –Not many organizations can say they’ve been an integral part of a community for a century. Come June, the Reno Rodeo will do just that.

To commemorate this impressive milestone, the Reno Rodeo launched the 100 Years 100 Stories project to show through pictures, short films, and live storytelling, how deeply rooted the legacy of the Reno Rodeo is in Northern Nevada.

Over the past two years, the project has collected, archived, and told stories from hundreds of people who are the lifeblood of the annual rodeo. The final two live storytelling events leading up to the Reno Rodeo’s centennial have been set for March 8 and May 10 at the Reno Elks Lodge.

Proceeds will go toward building a brand new, state-of-the-art events center, which will include a 15-thousand-seat arena. The Reno Rodeo Legacy committee has worked on a master plan of the 39-acre Livestock Event Center site and created a new vision for the next 100 years of the Reno Rodeo.

Tickets are $30 and include wine, beer and snacks. Purchase tickets by calling the Reno Rodeo office at 775-329-3877. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentation starts at 7 p.m. The Reno Elks Lodge is located at 597 Kumle Ln.

The Reno Rodeo 100 Years 100 Stories project is a community partnership between the Reno Rodeo Association and the Reno Rodeo Foundation. It is produced by Jessi LeMay, creator of The Folk & The Lore, and sponsored by Save Mart. Funding, in part, provided by the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission with support from Nevada Historical Society.

Community members can help keep the legacy alive by sharing stories about rodeo, ranching and the cowboy way of life in Northern Nevada. Stories can be submitted by calling the hotline at 775-525-1088 with a three-minute story synopsis and contact info, or email info@jessilemay.com.

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