The four-day event gets started Thursday night at the Oregon Horse Center off Prairie Road.
This weekend is what’s known as cowboy Christmas.
Six rodeos are in the vicinity, and if times don’t conflict, the cowboys can ride in several of them and make a lot of money in a short time.
Organizers say in the past one stock contractor has provided the bulls for all the area rodeos.
This year, they’ve hired six, improving the animals and drawing better cowboys.
Rodeo Director Frank Bocci says the arrival of the bulls is always exciting.
“You know they’re the heavy lumber so to speak in the rodeo. They’re the ones that generate the most excitement, the most explosiveness. If you’ve ever been in front of 2,000 pounds charging at you, it’s a pretty good rush, especially if you’re successful in getting out of the way,” Bocci said.
Thursday is family night at the 23rd annual Eugene Pro Rodeo.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Motorcycle jumping begins at 6 p.m. The rodeo gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.