Multi-state rodeo coming to Shenandoah County in April

For the Virginia High School Rodeo Association, the “Shenandoah Shootout” will be its first rodeo in Woodstock.

The association will hold the inaugural multi-state invitational event at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds on April 27, 28 and 29, with events including bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping events and more.

“High school participants from all over Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will be arriving into Woodstock,” said Tom Streett, president of the Shenandoah County Fair Association. “We anticipate seeing cowboys and cowgirls all over town that weekend.”

White said the name “Shenandoah Shootout” was intended to rival names like Maryland’s “Battle by the Bay.” He clarified, laughing, that there would be no shooting component at the Woodstock rodeo.

This will be the association’s first event in Woodstock. Because of the area’s advantageous location, White said he hopes this will be the first of many Woodstock rodeos.

“Once you’re up 81 that far, we can invite, like, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and they don’t have to drive so far. A lot of our rodeos are on the east, toward Richmond, or southwest,” White said. “We’re hoping everything goes off good, and we’re hoping to make it an annual thing.”

The rodeo will be split into three groups: the Maverick division is composed of students in fifth grade and under; the junior high division has sixth-through-eighth grade students, and the high school division has ninth-through-12th grade students.

Those interested in signing up should register on yesrodeo.com. White said Wednesday he expects 180-200 participants come April.

“We are truly excited to bring such a wholesome and family fun event to the area,” said Tom Eshelman, general manager of the Shenandoah County Fair. “What we need now is for the local community and the entire valley to come out and support these young people by attending one or even both evenings, viewing some great rodeo events!”