Newport Rodeo, parade on

NEWPORT – The 71st edition of the Newport Rodeo is happening this year, after a year's cancelation because of COVID-19, says Newport Rodeo Association President Ray Hanson. "We'll have the rodeo even if the governor says we can't have any spectators," he told the Newport City Council Monday night.

The rodeo is set for Friday and Saturday nights, June 25-26. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will sanction the event this year. For most of its history, the Newport Rodeo has been a PRCA rodeo.

Hanson says the rodeo will be as COVID safe as possible. He says it will follow the state guidelines, which requires a written COVID plan.

There will be a rodeo parade Saturday, June 26. The state won't allow any state road closures, so the parade won't go down Washington Avenue, Hanson said. Instead it will take the route it did a few years ago and go down Spokane Street. The state will also requires a written COVID plan for the parade.

For more information on the parade and rodeo see the rodeo website at www.newportrodeo.com.