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COVID-19 Forces June Cancellation Of Century-Old Reno Rodeo

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The century-old Reno Rodeo has canceled this year’s 10-day event in June due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

Reno Rodeo President Craig Downie says canceling the event scheduled June 18-27 is necessary to ensure the safety of participants, fans, vendors, sponsors and volunteers.

General Manager George Combs said it was a difficult decision, made in consultation with health experts as well as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

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Billed as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the event attended by 140,000 people annually celebrated its centennial in 2019. Requests for ticket refunds will be honored through June 30.