An off-season event produced by the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, which hosts their annual rodeo and livestock shows in the spring each year, the 2022 CINCH Roping Fiesta will kick off Thursday, October 27, and run through Sunday, October 30.
History of the Roping Fiesta
In 1954, the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association initiated the annual event to earn revenue during the fall when the grounds are not being used for their annual shows and rodeo. While the event has always spanned at least two days and brought together talented cowboys and cowgirls, featured events have varied throughout the years whether it be tie-down roping, steer roping, team roping, steer wrestling, double mugging or breakaway roping.
Steer roping and calf roping have remained the most prominent events throughout the years. In 1962, tie-down roping became one of those two staples when the committee added a match roping to the Fiesta. The first three matches were between Dean Oliver and Jim Bob Altizer, with Oliver taking the very first win.
Roping enthusiasts unite in San Angelo every fall, and it’s become a homecoming of sorts for Texas ropers. Many world champions and exceptional cowboys have competed in the CINCH Roping Fiesta, and that tradition continues still today.
68th Annual Roping Fiesta
This year’s CINCH Roping Fiesta will stay true to its roots and host many of the top ropers in the world, including the match roping between Caleb Smidt and Tuf Cooper. It will be a 4-day long event beginning with the Lip Chip LLC Ladies’ Breakaway Roping on Thursday at 10:00 a.m., which has $50,000 in prize money and bonuses.
Friday will feature the Preliminary Tie-Down Roping at 10:00 a.m., in which the top ropers will advance to compete on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The match roping will follow the tie-down action Saturday afternoon; and to end the night, there will be live music by William Beckman and Cameron Wrinkle. Saturday’s activities will also include opportunities to shop with the Rope Yourself a Painting event and a vendor expo.
The vendor expo will continue Sunday, and a church service with donuts and coffee will kick off the final day of the Fiesta. At noon on Sunday, the steer roping and double-mugging will wrap up the weekend! Throughout the weekend, there will also be multiple World Jr. Calf Roping Championship events. The complete schedule is as follows.
Thursday, October 27
- 9:00 am – Introduction of Ladies Breakaway Ropers
- 10:00 am – Lip Chip LLC Ladies Breakaway – 1CCU Spur Arena: $50,000 in prize money and bonuses!
Friday, October 28
- 9:00 am – Introduction of Preliminary Ropers
- 10:00 a.m. – Preliminary Tie Down Roping
- Following Preliminary Roping – Young Guns Match Roping
World Jr Calf Roping Championships
- 4:00 pm – 15 and under Tie Down roping
Saturday, October 29
- 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.- Rope Yourself a Painting Saturday with EnPleinAirTEXAS (across the fairgrounds) – Free Admission for painters until 11:00 a.m.
- 10:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.- Roping Fiesta Vendor Expo- Foster Communications Coliseum Free Admission
- 1:00 p.m.- Tie Down Roping & Match Roping- Outdoor Roping Arena
- Immediately following the match – Live music with William Beckman with Special guest Cameron Wrinkle! Cinch Roping Fiesta ticket includes admission to the concert
World Jr Calf Roping Championships:
- 8:00 am – 15 and Under Breakaway; 10 and under breakaway
- 5:30 pm – 12 and under Tie Down roping
Sunday, October 30
- 8:00 am – Introduction of Ropers
- 8:30 am – Donuts and coffee – 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena
- 9:00 a.m.- Church Service – 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena
- 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.- Roping Fiesta Vendor Expo- Foster Communications Coliseum – Free Admission
- 12:00 p.m. – Steer Roping & Double Mugging- Outdoor Arena
World Jr Calf Roping Championships:
- 10:00 am – 19 and Under Breakaway; 12 and under Breakaway; 19 and Under Tie Down roping
Tickets and Admission
All events in the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena and the vendor show in the Coliseum are free admission. The only ticketed events are the events at the outdoor Fiesta Arena.
Tickets are on sale now and will be sold as general admission weekend passes. The 1 ticket, redeemable for both Saturday & Sunday’s events, concert included, are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on Saturday. Sunday’s gate walk-up price is $15 without a prior ticket purchased. To purchase tickets, call (325) 653-7785.
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