Now its 49th year, the Elizabeth Stampede rodeo attracts some of the top talent across the country. Nearly 100 of the 287 contestants in the three PRCA events over the June 7-9 weekend were former World Champions, NFR participants, or Circuit Finals challengers. This year’s Stampede again welcomed Xtreme Bulls, a professionally sanctioned bull riding event that pairs up the country’s best riders with the toughest bulls on the circuit, for thousands of dollars in prize money. Winners will go on to the Xtreme Bulls World Finals to be held in Ellensburg, Wash., over the Labor Day weekend. More than 300 volunteers help make the Stampede possible. The annual event was named best small rodeo for two consecutive years by the PRCA.