SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – Saddle up!

The Salem Championship Stampede Rodeo is back at the Salem Civic Center next month!

Professional cowboys and cowgirls from across Virginia will be competing in numerous popular events, sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA), and features bull riding, bronc busting, and barrel racing.

You never know who you might see at this year’s event as some contestants from across North America — including current and former world champions — tend to use events like this as a final tune-up for the International Finals Rodeo.

This year, rodeo fans will get to enjoy the return of the Boot Barn Mutton Busting where youngsters aged five through seven, who weigh 50 pounds or less, can register on the arena floor prior to each performance to see how far they can ride a sheep.

The event runs from Jan. 7-9, 2022.

Tickets are $20 for Friday’s events. Saturday and Sunday tickets range from $22 to $30 and can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center’s Box Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as online by clicking here.

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