Cowboys coming to Salem for annual rodeo

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SALEM, Va (WDBJ7) Friday the 52nd annual Salem Stampede Rodeo rode into town at the Salem Civic Center.

Over 200 contestants from across the United States will be competing in the event. Many of the top competitors are from the Roanoke Valley.

Kids can even go down to the rodeo floor and get in on the action. "They'll register, and be able to climb on the back of one of our sheep, and be able to learn just like one of the bull riders would have learned," said Kevin DeBusk, rodeo spokesperson.

Officials say the event will go on through this weekend rain, shine or snow.