RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Reno Rode Cattle Drive has entered the home stretch.

Sixty-five want-to-be cowboys and cowgirls from as far away as Australia have spent the last five days on the high-desert range north of Reno driving a herd of 300 cattle that will be used during the rodeo that kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The cattle drive is expected to arrive on the north edge of town about 11 a.m. on its way to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

It will wind its way down Wedekind Road to Sutro Street and into the events center at the corner of Wells Avenue just north of Interstate 80.

Traffic restrictions around the livestock center go into effect Thursday and will remain in place through the conclusion of the rodeo on June 25.

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