California High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo steer wrestling

The California High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo comes out of the chutes June 11 through June 18 at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. Rodeo events include barrel racing, cutting, goat tying and steer wrestling, as seen here from the 2021 event. For tickets and more information, call the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce at (760) 873-8405.

When the California High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo returns to Bishop next weekend, it not only gives student athletes a chance to show their stuff, but it gives the Bishop community a chance to shine as well.

The finals, which bring more than 300 rodeo families together to celebrate the heritage and history of rodeo, run from Saturday, June 11, through June 18 at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming back the CHSRA State Finals Rodeo Championship!” Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tawni Thomson said Friday.

Thomson said the prestigious event has been held in Bishop since 2005.

“The rodeo contract goes out to bid every few years, and Bishop has been  successful in winning the contract back primarily because of the way our community treats the contestants and their families,” she said. “We show them good old-fashioned hospitality, respect and lots of support when they arrive and throughout the week.”

Thomson said the Tri-County Fairgrounds provides an excellent facility and outstanding service. The Bishop Chamber also plays a vital role by hosting the welcome dinner, providing contestant T-shirts, welcome gifts and coordinating volunteers to sell tickets and provide gate security

Bishop hotels also contribute by providing complimentary lodging to the rodeo announcers, judges and key personnel.

“Many people talk about the money that big events like Mule Days and CHSRA bring into town,” she said. “While it is true that these projects have a positive financial impact, it really is more of a symbiotic relationship. Our business community, volunteers, as well as city and county all contribute financially and physically to ensure the success of the events.”

Tracey Scott, with CHSRA, in a phone interview Friday, said Bishop continues to be the ideal location for the finals competition, giving praise to the Bishop Chamber for providing outstanding support and the community for its hospitality.

Thomson noted that these events also represent an important tie to the area’s history and Western heritage.

“I love that our community is so welcoming of new events and at the same time, continues to support those that have been around for many decades,” Thomson said, adding that this is CHSRA’s 50th anniversary and the organization has spent the last 17 in Bishop.

She said the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce still is seeking volunteers; the event calls for 80+ shifts to fill and each is only about 2-3 hours long.  

“Bonus,” Thomson said, “it’s fun!”

Those interested in becoming a co-sponsor to help offset cost of dinner, T-shirts, etc., email Thomson at

To purchase tickets, stop by Bishop Chamber Office – 690. N. Main St.  Single Day ticket is $8, Rodeo Button for all performances is $25. Morning shows are free, tickets are required for evening shows Wednesday-Friday and afternoon show on Saturday.

For more on this story, see the June 4 edition of The Inyo Register.

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