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79th Annual Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair in Sells, AZ

The 79th Annual Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair will begin January 27, 2017 and continue through January 29, 2017, 3 miles west of Sells, AZ.

79th Annual Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair in Sells, AZ

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Event History

The rodeo and fair began in 1939 with the All Indian Rodeo Competition. This tradition is still popular today, which means contestants travel from many areas to compete for championship titles in Sells. Furthermore, this event provides a chance to highlight the history and culture of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The blending of history and entertainment results in a broad range of weekend happenings for cowboy and cowgirl fans.


The weekend is full of enjoyment because a wide variety of activities take place. The All Indian Junior Rodeo will take place on Friday, January 27. Roping events will take place after this junior event ends. Adult competition rodeos will be held over the next two days. The following activities will also be held:
Booths featuring arts and crafts will also be featured, along with games and other fun exhibits. The event offers several fun activities for fans of all ages. Younger fans will especially enjoy being a part of the fair atmosphere and seeing a parade full of beautiful floats. Dancing and visiting food booths during this event in Sells can provide a meaningful cultural experience as visitors engage in the traditions of the Tohono O’odham Nation.


Cheering for a favorite contestant can be a thrilling part of attending this Tohono O’odham Nation event. Competition winners are awarded with prizes, and there are categories available for ladies and men. Media coverage will be provided by the Cowboy Lifestyle NetworkAk-Chin Indian CommunityEarnhardt Auto Centers and Papa John’s Pizza Road Team. Cowboy Lifestyle Network provides extensive rodeo information online.
This weekend event offers a chance for visitors with varying interests to enjoy themselves. Athletic visitors will enjoy participating in the sporting tournaments or the fun run. Other guests may enjoy relaxing while listening to music from Waila bands. With so many entertaining options, these events cater to guests with a wide range of hobbies. [/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1500203403283-7aca0b61-aaa7-3″ include=”31980,31979,31975,31974,31973,31972,31971,31970,31969,31968,31966,31963,31965″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”27253″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

I am currently attending Grand Canyon University. I am studying psychology and hope to graduate in 2019. I am a lover of all animals, people, and food. My 'on the side' passion is singing. Growing up, my grandfather was a rancher and owned many horses and cattle as well as a team roper. Also, I am very appreciative of the 'cowboy world'.

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