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Nevada cowboys gear up for Clark County Fair and Rodeo

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Encompassing the southern portion of the state of Nevada, Clark County is home to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and a whole lot of professional rodeo. While Vegas dominates the rodeo scene with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals and Helldorado Days, among other events, it is the tiny community of Logandale, about sixty miles northeast of Vegas, that hosts the Clark County Fair and Rodeo.

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Begun in 1965 as the Moapa Valley Fair, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the premier rodeo events on the regular season schedule. Now a stop on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Wrangler Million Dollar Tour as a Silver Tour, Logandale attracts the best of the sport.

The four performances are Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 6 p.m. For the Women's Pro Rodeo Association (WPRA) barrel racers and for the rough stock cowboys, competition is just one go round. In the timed events, all contestants compete in afternoon slack at 1 p.m. each day with the fastest 12 taking their second round in that evening's performance.

Six of the reigning PRCA World Champions will compete over the four days of rodeo action. Trevor Brazile, the undisputed king of pro rodeo, is scheduled for competition on Sunday in both the tie down roping as well as team roping. Brazile is the only pro rodeo cowboy to earn over $5 million in his career and holds the record for the most PRCA World titles at 19.

Nevada's current World Champ Jade Corkill will also make a stop in his home state. Corkill, of Fallon, has claimed the last two titles in the heeling and brings along the partner with whom he won in 2013, Clay Tryan. Tryan is also a two-time champion. Corkill and Tryan will compete on Thursday.

South Dakota bronc rider Chad Ferley is not only the reigning World Champion but also the reigning champion of the Clark County Fair and Rodeo. Ferley earned 88 points here a year ago, earning better than $4,300.

Ferley will compete in an action-packed Saturday performance which also includes reining World Champion Tie Down Roper Shane Hanchey and past champions Jesse Wright (saddle broncs), Cody Ohl and Stran Smith (both tie down roping).

J.W. Harris, the reigning and four-time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider is scheduled for the opening performance on Thursday night.

While the world champs grabbed a deserved share of the spotlight, local fans will also be cheering on more than a dozen Nevada cowboys and cowgirls in their various events. Leading the charge are Nevada's world title holdering team ropers, Corkill, Clay Cooper and Randon Adams. Cooper shared the win here in Logandale a year ago, earning $4,297 roping behind Justin Van Davis. Cooper will attempt to defend his title with 2014 partner Chad Masters. The pair rope on Saturday.

Adams is not just a home-state favorite in Logandale . . . he lives just down the road from the Clark County Fairgrounds. Roping this year with JoJo Lemond, Adams ropes on Thursday.

Another Nevadan to watch is Elko's Dakota Eldridge. Eldridge won $3,737 in Logandale a year ago after winning the first round in 4.1 seconds and earning third in the average. The win was among the first in what became a banner season for the young steer wrestler. He would finish 15th in the regular season standings and earn his first berth at the WNFR.

Once in Vegas, Eldridge turned on the heat. He won a round, won second in the average and moved all the way to fifth in the final world standings. Already ranked eighth this year, Eldridge competes on Thursday.

Other Nevada cowboys scheduled to compete at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo are: Kimberli Quinn of Reno, Thursday, barrel racing; Gypsy Watson of Washoe Valley, Thursday, barrel racing; Rachel Primm of Washoe Valley, Saturday, barrel racing; Kathy Vazquez of Las Vegas, Thursday (slack), barrel racing; Heather Coombs of Austin, Thursday (slack), barrel racing; Lauren Dean of Las Vegas, Thursday (slack), barrel racing; Laura Vauvricka of Pahrump, Thursday (slack), barrel racing; Clint Harry of Fallon, Saturday, team roping; Sterling Lambert of Fallon, Sunday, steer wrestling; Sterling Rae Ward of Las Vegas, Friday, bull riding; and Trenton Montero of Winnemucca, Saturday, bareback riding.

In addition to rodeo action, the Fair hosts a carnival, junior livestock event show, mutton bustin', family game shows, concerts and even racing pigs. The Fair opens each day at 10 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at midnight on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, and at 9 p.m. on the final day, Sunday, April 13.

Complete information is available at the Fair's website, www.ccfair.com. Tickets and information are offered at 888-876-FAIR.

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