Prescott Rodeo 2015: World’s Oldest Rodeo
The Prescott Rodeo 2015 is set to take place on Fourth of July weekend like it has every year since the late 1800’s. This PRCA event is dubbed the world s oldest rodeo because it was the first formal rodeo event to offer cash prizes for winners. Started by local businessmen and merchants, PRCA rodeos have grown significantly over the years and now include over 700 events in every state in the country.
Early rodeo contestants mostly consisted of local ranchers and cowboys who came to the events to show off the skills they used at work for people who lived in town. The rodeo moved to its current location at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds in 1913 though it was not referred to as a rodeo until 1924. The festivities have taken place every year since 1888, and there was a large celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the world s oldest rodeo in 1937. The rodeo even continued to run during World War II when local volunteers and ranchers stepped in to ensure that the show would go on. Today, the event is organized by Prescott Frontier Days, a non-profit group, and it is one of the few rodeos to be included in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Dates and Times
Main events at the Prescott Rodeo 2015 will take place at 7:30 P.M from Monday, June 29th until Saturday, July 4th and at 1:30 P.M. and Sunday the 5th. All of the pro rodeo events will be held at Prescott Rodeo Grounds. The daily PRCA events at the world s oldest rodeo last for two and a half hours, and each day will feature the same program of both timed and judged events that include barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull, saddle bronc and bareback riding. Tickets are available for purchase online, over the phone and at the rodeo grounds main office.
The Prescott Rodeo 2015 will feature a number of special events in addition to the pro rodeo. These include the 18th Annual Trail Ride, the Wild Horse Race, an Arts & Crafts Show, the Prescott Frontier Days Parade and the Rodeo Dance. The parade will kick off at 9 A.M. on the Fourth of July in downtown Prescott, and over 40,000 people come out to see the numerous floats on display. The Rodeo Dance takes place every night from July 2nd until the 4th at Prescott Towne Center, and tickets are available at the door.