For any cowboy or cowgirl who loves the thrills and spills of a good old-fashioned rodeo, Wilcox, Arizona was the place to be from October 1-4. The 64th Annual Rex Allen Days Rodeo, an Old West tradition that residents look forward to every year, brought together some of today’s most popular rodeo stars as well as a variety of exciting events. With media coverage from the Cowboy Lifestyle Network, Earnhardt Auto Road Team, and Ak-Chin Indian Community, this year’s event was bigger and better than ever.
The Rex Allen Days Rodeo has a rich and varied history. From its beginnings in 1951, what’s known as “four days of fun–Wilcox style” has become an event that generations of families and competitors have enjoyed. Whether it’s the annual Cowboy Hall of Fame banquet or the various activities for children such as Stick Horse Barrel Racing or Dummy Roping, the four-day celebration has always kept people coming back for more. As it has grown through the years, additional activities such as the Rodeo Queen pageant, parade, and showings of old Rex Allen movies have made the celebration a great reason why people flock to Wilcox each October.
As is the case each and every year, the Rex Allen Days Rodeo had plenty of exciting competition in numerous events. Some of the events this year included:
- Steer Wrestling
- Bull Riding
- Barrel Racing
- Calf Roping
- Saddle Bronc
- Team Roping
- Breakaway Roping
And to add to the excitement of the events, famed rodeo announcer James Horchasitas was at the microphone calling all the action that each cowboy and cowgirl experienced each night. Using his unique style and personality to describe the action, James made the event even more memorable for all in attendance.
Along with the usual bull riding and other events over the four days, there were plenty of other ways people were entertained in Wilcox, Arizona. Rex Allen Jr. made his usual appearance at the festivities, and got to see Boot Barn’s Race to Rex. In addition, Saturday featured the Last-buck Dance with Jed Morrison, with the Singing Cowboy Buck Helton on Sunday doing his best to make each and every cowgirl swoon. So as this year’s event concluded, everyone in attendance was already making plans to be in Arizona next year to enjoy the festivities. And for those who found themselves standing beside the statue of Rex Allen himself, they just might have thought they saw a smile come over his face for a brief moment.