Worlds Oldest Rodeo Prescott

The Worlds Oldest Rodeo® will be reach its 126th birthday (July 1-July 7) in Prescott, the original Territorial Capital of Arizona. The image of the Western Cowboy still rides high in Prescott, AZ. The heroic symbol of American independance and self reliance. 2013_prescott_Rodeo

July 4, 1888, became the birthday of professional rodeo when a group of Prescott, Arizona, merchants and professional businessmen organized the first formalized “cowboy tournament” and offered cash prizes. A cowboy named Juan Leivas walked off with rodeo’s first professional title and was documented in the subsequent edition of the Arizona Journal-Miner. These “Cowboy Contests” continued and were planned, promoted and carried out by a committee of local merchants. From then on, rodeo has grown into a huge enterprise with more than 700 professional rodeos in 50 states. It’s one of the few connections left to American Old West history, the rodeo brings you back to those cowboy times.

The rodeo draws crowds up to 27,000 throughout the week with other rodeo festivities that include Arizona’s largest Rodeo parade and Kiddie parade, a fine Arts and Crafts show downtown along with street Dance topped of with a spectacular 4th of July celebration with fireworks.

Check out the Rodeo Dance at M & I Bank parking lot by Albertsons. My wife, sister and brother in-law went last year and we had a ball. I ask myself every year, how in the world do you persuade anyone to Prescott AZ
climb atop an animal carefully bred to do just one thing: throw you off in as little time as possible. Even stranger, this sort of behavior has gone on in Prescott since 1888, as men and women willingly board animals that are fairly determined not to be ridden. The one who looks best while staying on longest wins.

Don’t figure?

Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc., put this together and is an organization of people of all ages from the Prescott area. They give their time and talents, as volunteers, to put on a number of events each year. There are currently over 200 active members and during the peak period, around the 4th of July, that number swells with an additional 700 volunteers, who typically stage a Golf Tournament, 10K Run, Arizona’s second largest parade, the Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc Rodeo Parade, a Happy Hearts event for challenged children, an Old Timers Gathering, and of course, the 8 performances of the ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo®’ followed by a Professional Bull Riding, the Cowboy Capital PBR event in August.

Tickets are available by phone (866-407-6336) on the website or at the gate.

Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged but not required, as there are sell-outs.

Places to Stay and Accommodations.
If you plan an extended overnight stay in the Prescott area, see Prescott Hotels.

Restaurants – Night Life.
Prescott offers dining for every unique taste and style, great food, great views and great flavors! Check out Prescott Restaurants. There are so many things to do in Prescott that the real difficulty will be deciding what to do first. Entertainment in one of the top Prescott, AZ activities including live music, theater and community events. Check out Prescott Night Life here. For other things to do while your are in Prescott, AZ check out Prescott What To Do here.

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