Evening will Include Short Documentary Films, Audio Stories with Slides and Live Storytellers

RENO, Nev. (April 27, 2017)— The Reno Rodeo 100, a multimedia project collecting stories leading up to the 100-year anniversary of the Reno Rodeo, is debuting the first storytelling event on May 13 at the Governor’s Mansion. Tickets are on sale now for the event which includes short documentary films, audio stories with slides and live storytellers.

In partnership with Reno Rodeo Foundation and Reno Rodeo Association, The Reno Rodeo 100 project is being created by Jessi LeMay: photographer, maker of short films, and creator of The Folk & The Lore, a live storytelling event hosted by Nevada Museum of Art. Over the next two and a half years, LeMay will collect stories from one hundred years of Reno Rodeo. Stories will be shared at events over the next few years, leading up to the 100-year anniversary.

With funding provided, in part, through a grant with the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, this is a community effort and The Reno Rodeo 100 is actively looking for community members to help keep the legacy alive by sharing stories about rodeo, ranching and the cowboy way of life in Northern Nevada.

“We are honored to garner encouragement from the City of Reno in helping with our commitment to capture and share these stories; the project will allow everyone – of all ages – the ability to appreciate the rich culture of our Cowboy Way of Life and to recognize the significant contributions of our deep-rooted Western heritage that continues to shape our Northern Nevadan community,” said Clara Andriola, executive director of the Reno Rodeo Foundation. “It is rewarding to know this project aligns with the City of Reno’s vision inn creating a legacy to treasure for years to come.”

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.

Don’t miss the debut event for The Reno Rodeo 100, May 13 at 5 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion, located at 606 Mountain St in Carson City, Nev. Tickets are $40 and available at RenoRodeoFoundation.org or through the Reno Rodeo Association office located at 1350 N. Wells Avenue. Round Trip Bus Ride is also available at $25 per person with three pickup locations and departing times – Scheels at Legends at 3:45 p.m., Grand Sierra Resort at the Southwest parking lot at 4:10 p.m. and Jared’s at Sierra Summit at 4:30 p.m. Buses will depart Carson City following the event at 9 p.m.

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About the Reno Rodeo
The Reno Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned sporting event, and one of the top five rodeos in North America. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up of over 1000 volunteers. This year’s Reno Rodeo is scheduled for June 15-24, 2017. Competition includes bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing and bull riding. Like Reno Rodeo on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or for more information on the Reno Rodeo, visit www.renorodeo.com.

Reno Rodeo Foundation
The Reno Rodeo Foundation was incorporated in 1986 and is a non-profit 501(c)3. In addition to the annual Denim Drive that helps clothe neglected and abused foster children 365 days a year, the organization provides scholarships to eligible Nevada high school graduates, they support community grants, underwrites the Reno Rodeo Reading Roundup literacy program helping thousands of at-risk first graders, builds community partnerships and serves as the anchor for large capital projects to improve the lives of children. Like Reno Rodeo Foundation on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or for more information, please visit RenoRodeoFoundation.org.