The Worlds Oldest Rodeo, Prescott Arizona

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World's Oldest Rodeo

Hold on to your hats folks 'cause this here's the oldest rodeo in the Southwest, country and even the world. Broncos, bulls, cowboys and rodeo clowns have been awing crowds since 1888 for Prescott, Arizona's Frontier Days. Read More

  • Events range from saddle bronco riding, bull riding, wild horse racing and even bull fighting. 
  • Held alongside Prescott Frontier Days
  • 5 days of fun in late June

Overview:  Held every July, contestants and spectators travel from far and wide for this spectacular event. Since the first cowboy rounded up the first herd of cattle, rodeos have tested and challenged their skills

When: A 5 day event held the last weekend of July. June 28th to July 4th, 2017.

Where: Rodeo Grounds in Prescott

Fees: ticket prices vary by age and seating section

Details: Since the rodeo began in the late 1800's, prizes have grown, attracting bigger and rowdier acts.

Events range from saddle bronco riding, bull riding, wild horse racing and even bull fighting. Only 125 miles south of the Grand Canyon, the World's Oldest Rodeo is a worthy addition to an unforgettable July vacation.

Rodeo is the spanish verb "to roundup." It wasn't until 1924 that the Prescott cowboy tournament was called a rodeo.

Along with being one of the world's oldest rodeos, the event also holds the illustrious status of having the world's oldest rodeo queen contest. In its second year, 1889, local women rode in a riding contest to win a saddle and bridle.

Tickets can be purchased online, General Admission gets you to the bleachers, which are usually covered. Box seats are down in front of the grandstand, closer to all the action. As can be presumed from its name, the Sky Box seats are up above, one the end and also usually covered.

There are afternoon and evening performances. Make sure to check out the other events in the family-fun hullabaloo called Prescott Frontier Days.

More information on their website.

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