SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Grab your cowboy hats and boots! After being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the longest-running family show at the Salem Civic Center — the Stampede Championship Rodeo — is returning for the weekend!

The Stampede Championship Rodeo has been a Salem tradition since 1969. Professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in several events like bull riding, barrel racing, and more.

“This year, our rodeo clown is probably our biggest addition. He’s someone new that we haven’t seen or had here in the past,” said Kevin DeBusk, director of media relations for the Stampede Championship Rodeo. “And then, of course, things that are continuing on are our pre-show. We’re inviting everyone to come down one hour prior. They can come down, get on the area dirt, look up and close and personal at some of the livestock, and meet some of the cowboys.”

The 54th annual rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 9 at the civic center.

Tickets range from $20 to $30. You can purchase them either online or at the box office until 5 p.m. on Friday.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 policies for the Stampede Championship Rodeo, click here.