Reno Rodeo’s past, present and future subject of lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – As it marks its 100th anniversary in 2019, the Reno Rodeo is celebrating its past, present and future.

Clint Wells, a past president and 50-year volunteer with the Reno Rodeo Association, will discuss all those elements and more as the guest speaker at the Nevada Historical Society’s final Rip Roaring Rodeo Series Lecture

Wells’ talk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, and will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 5 p.m. The Nevada Historical Society is located at 1650 N. Virginia St., Reno, on the UNR campus. Program admission is $5 for adults, free for Historical Society members and children 17 and younger. Seating is limited.  Members of the public who need special assistance can call (775) 688-1190, extension 224.

Wells served as the Reno Rodeo Association President in 1981 and continues active involvement as chairman of the 100-year Planning Committee and a member of the rodeo’s Hall of Fame Committee.

He will discuss how the Reno Rodeo evolved from a Fourth of July weekend event into a 10-day extravaganza. He will also cover community involvement in the rodeo, logistics of the 100-year legacy project, and what the future holds for the Reno Rodeo.

Visitors to the Historical Society can also take in the new exhibit, “Reno Rodeo: 100 Years of the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” which opened in mid-May. Through art, photographs and artifacts, the exhibit offers a series of vignettes of the rodeo through the generations.