Lewiston Roundup Thursday night, Family Night kids 12 and under free

LEWISTON, ID - It's that time of year again to dust off your boots, grab your old cowboy hat and head out to the Lewiston Roundup grounds.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns what the 80th annual event has to offer this year.

Rodeo is a lifestyle choice...And for nearly 500 contestants the Lewiston Roundup is just one of the many stops on the busy circuit.

They're always on the road and they have maybe ten seconds to get that check or they're leaving and going to the next place.

Since being crowned, this year's royalty has traveled all over the northwest, and now it's their time to shine.

"We've been all over and gone for about every weekend so it's nice to be home," said Roundup Princess Kara Leigh Weiss.

"The Lewiston Roundup is really big for our community and it's really awesome to represent such an important thing to our community," said Roundup Pricess McKenzie Sailer. "It's fun and I'm really excited."

That fun will be spread out over four days. One new addition this year is ranch bronc snubbing.

"It's a traditional saddle bronc riding ranch style," said Lewiston Roundup President Willie Deibel. "And the cowboys will mount up on the horses in their arena and we will pull the snub and blindfold off him and give him heck."

The Lewiston Roundup is one of the top 50 rodeos in the nation.

"We don't get a lot of this on a PRCA level so it's great to see it here," said Leigh.

"We would love to see everyone here," said Sailer. "And we are really excited and want everyone to come out."

And there's no better time to see all the action than tonight (Thursday) for family night.

"We've tried to work with families and their limited budget that we know exist, you know it's a great time for the kids," said Deibel. "Kids 12 and under get to get in for free."

And if you need any selling points for the kids, let them know they can meet real life royalty.

"I remember being them and I remember how excited I was to see a big crown on her hat," said Roundup Queen Kimberly Lawrence. "They're so much fun. They're sweet, they want our autographs. I love that about it."

You can get a shirt like the one I have on or a sweatshirt here at Big R in Lewiston for Friday's 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink' night. All proceeds go to the Gina Quesenberry Foundation.

"The money stays here locally," said Gina Quesenberry Foundation Founder, Laynie McClain. "It's for breast cancer patients receiving treatment in the Lewis-Clark Valley or live here locally."

For each person who shows up wearing pink on Friday, $1.00 will be donated to breast cancer patients.