Famous Preston Night Rodeo returns for 78th year

This week the Famous Preston Night rodeo, recognized as the world’s first ever night rodeo, celebrates its 78threnewal Thursday-Saturday in Preston, Idaho.

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://www.prestonrodeo.com/”>It starts each evening at 8:30.</a>

Preston got into the rodeo-hosting business in 1934 and it has been staged every year since, except one summer during World War II.

Preston attracts world champion cowboys because its rodeo each year falls between Cheyenne and Utah’s Days of ‘47. With a total purse of nearly $40,000 the Famous Preston Night Rodeo is included among the best small town rodeos in the West.

Along with the three nights of rodeo, there is a parade before the rodeo each night at 6:30 and a downtown sidewalk sale during the day.

This year’s rodeo clown is Slim Garner and the speciality act each evening is the McMillan Family Trick Riders. McMillan riders consists of Dad, Mark, and mom Lynette and eight kids ages 4-20.

For the second straight year the Ram Rodeo Series is making a stop at the Preston rodeo. Representatives of Ram Trucks and West Motors in Preston will be on site each night with the latest Ram vehicles on display.

Jay Kirkbride, sales manager at West Motor, said all rodeo-goers who visit the Ram Rodeo kiosk and sign up would be eligible to enter the Ram Rodeo Sweepstakes, a national giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible Chrysler Group vehicle.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to have Ram officially backing the Preston Night Rodeo. They provide a representative from Ram to be here. We have the opportunity to supply about 10 vehicles to have on display there.”

The Ram Rodeo series visits over 560 locations across the United States and is an official partner of ProRodeo’s nationwide cancer awareness campaign “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.”

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