The World’s Oldest Rodeo

Welcome to the wild, wild west! The World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Arizona is in its 124th year this summer.
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What a great way to beat the valley heat and take in some quality family time in northern Arizona!

Originating on July 4, 1888 as a “Cowboy Tournament”, it was dubbed a huge success as Juan Leivas was awarded the first ever winning title.  To read the complete (and interesting) history of the World’s Oldest Rodeo, click here.

Even though my hubby grew up in Prescott, this is our family’s first 4th of July as part of this community so you better believe we will be attending this historic and fun event as part of our 4th festivities.  I know our kids will love the cowboys gripping with all their might to stay on for 8 seconds, the wildly colorful rodeo clowns romping around distracting the bulls, the horses barrel racing, the “buckin’ broncos” and simply watching all the drama unfold in the dusty (or muddy, if Arizona is lucky) rodeo grounds.

Unless, of course, they are like I was as a child.  The calf roping was tortuous for me.  I sat through it and cried because that sure looked like it hurt the baby cow.  But, it didn’t stop me from going to the rodeo nearly every year because I secretly loved it.  Shhhhh!

The World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, AZ runs from June 28, 2011 through July 4, 2011.  Tickets range from $12 – $25 per seat.  The Daily Courier is hosting the evening of June 28th and tickets are $7 on a first come, first serve basis.  Those tickets are available at the Daily Courier office located at 1958 Commerce Center Circle in Prescott or 8307 E. Hwy. 69, Suite B in Prescott Valley.  Check out the schedule herefor other hosted evenings and more fun.

See ya’ll there!

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