For over half a century, the Salem Championship Stampede Rodeo has prided itself on being the perfect mix of sporting event and family entertainment. When the 2020 edition of the rodeo, presented by Kroger and Ram, rides back into Salem January 10-12, fans can expect more of the same non-stop excitement.
In addition to featuring some of the best cowboys and cowgirls and livestock in the nation, this year the award-winning event will showcase one of the best trick riding performers in the country, in Dusti Crain-Dickerson. She began her career in rodeo at the age of three, when she first carried the American flag into the arena for a rodeo her father was running, and she quickly progressed to barrel racing.
“We were on a family vacation at a dinner show when I first saw trick riding and I remember telling my dad that’s what I would do one day,” Crain-Dickerson recalled. “I was 11 when I performed my first trick at a rodeo and since then, I’ve never looked back.”
Since then she has honed her skills to a point where her fast paced, barefoot, bareback style roman riding has taken her to over 30 states and some of the nation’s premier events. Spectators know her as the lady who culminates her breathtaking maneuvers with a trip through the ring of fire.
In addition, to Crain-Dickerson, Georgia’s Jake Wilcox will be providing comedy relief and residing in the barrel for bull riding. Rodeo fans will also enjoy the return of the Tractor Supply Company Mutton Busting. Nearly 200 cowboys and cowgirls, many from the Virginia area will be competing in rodeo’s most popular events for World Championship points.
PERFORMANCES: Friday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. - Saturday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. - Sunday, January 12, at 2 p.m.
TICKETS: Friday Tickets - $18 Saturday & Sunday Tickets - $20, $22 & $27. Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and online at www.ticketmaster.com Preferred parking also is available for $5.