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Calf Scramble

The Calf Scramble event was established in 1999 to encourage free enterprise, responsibility and educational opportunity for the youth of the Treasure Valley.

Each Calf Scramble event involves participants who range from 14-16 years of age, competing for the chance to catch one of the calves that are released into the arena. The calves must be caught, haltered and led across the finish line to be declared a winner. The winners each receive a $1,000 certificate towards the purchase of a purebred beef or dairy heifer that is raised with supervision from local 4-H and FFA advisors.

The winners are then required to return to the Snake River Stampede the following year to show their heifer at the Calf Scramble Livestock Show. They are also encouraged to show their heifer at local county fairs and other local breed shows. The Calf Scramble works in partnership with local 4-H and FFA clubs encouraging the participation of high school students in agricultural projects.

2020 EVENT

The Snake River Stampede Directors and the Calf Scramble Committee are pleased to announce the TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL CALF SCRAMBLE EVENT, to be held Tuesday night, July 14th, and Saturday matinee, July 18th during Rodeo Week.   Last year, young people from  Treasure Valley 4-H clubs and FFA chapters won certificates of $1,000.00 each, by catching a calf in this event.  This certificate enabled them to purchase a beef heifer.  They continue to participate in their 4-H or FFA programs, and will exhibit their heifers at the SRS Livestock Show during Rodeo Week this coming July.

With generous sponsorships, there will be two Calf Scramble events this year.  Approximately 45 young people will be event contestants during the Tuesday night and Saturday matinee rodeo performances, which will result in 20-24 participants to become winners, and to obtain a heifer for the 2020-21 school year.  We require each interested young person to submit an application so that we may provide them and their club leader detailed rules and information about the event.  Applicants should be at least 14 years old, as of January 1, 2020, up to 16 years old, and be not beyond the beginning of their senior year of high school in the Fall, 2020.  Any previous Calf Scramble winner may not apply a second time.  In the event that we have more than 45 eligible applications, we will hold a drawing to narrow the total to 45 contestants for the 2020 Calf Scramble events.

The Calf Scramble Committee believes this vital program enables young people to enter the field of agriculture, and we are pleased to support this important youth program in Idaho. 

Find applications on the Snake River Stampede website: > “Rodeo” > “Calf Scramble.”

Leaders or individuals may submit applications BEFORE JUNE 30th to:
Robin Lindquist, 1425 S. McDermott Rd., Nampa, ID  83687,, or
Susan Robbins,, 1850 Trent Point Pl., Boise, ID  83712.

Questions?  Call Robin Lindquist:  208-250-6456 or Susan Robbins:  208-761-8204


If you are interested in competing, download the applicationgeneral rules, and arena rulesThe deadline to submit Calf Scramble applications 6/30/2020.

CS General Rules

CS Application

CS Arena Rules


This event is possible thanks to the generous support of many individuals and businesses. We would like to extend a sincere Thank You to our past and future sponsors. The Snake River Stampede Youth Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Organization. All donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in becoming a supporter of the program, download this brochure with additional information.

Calf Scramble Release Form

The Calf Scramble Program

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