The World’s Oldest Rodeo® returns to Prescott, AZ, once again from June 28th – July 4th. For 130 years, Prescott Rodeo Grounds have hosted this annual event over the 4th of July holiday, featuring eight rodeo performances, a rodeo dance, parade, arts and crafts show, and much more. Each of the eight rodeo performance features a grand entry, wild horse racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding, and more.
July 4, 1888, became the birthday of professional rodeo when a group of Prescott, Arizona, merchants and professional businessmen organized the first formalized “cowboy tournament” and offered cash prizes. A cowboy named Juan Leivas walked off with rodeo’s first professional title and was documented in the subsequent edition of the Arizona Journal-Miner. These “Cowboy Contests” continued to be planned, promoted and carried out by a committee of local merchants. From then on, rodeo has grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with more than 700 professional rodeos in 50 states.
The World’s Oldest Rodeo® is a major economic engine for the surrounding Arizona community. The show draws approximately 27,000 spectators. The large event has allowed Prescott Frontier Days® to donate thousands of dollars to local and national organizations such as the American Cancer Society, United Way, Prescott Schools, and many more. Tickets for each of the eight shows can be purchased online.