Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 This year will be the 129th anniversary of the Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo!
In case we aren’t making ourselves clear, this is a pretty big deal! They’ve been putting this shindig on since 1888, when rodeos were still called “Cowboy Contests.” In fact, the word rodeo, derived from the spanish “to round up,” was first used here in Prescott in 1924. Excitement and enthusiasm still build year round for this exciting event! Prescott natives can hardly contain themselves each year as they look forward to the opportunity to celebrate their western legacy.
#2 Prescott natives aren’t the only ones who think this rodeo is a big deal!
Traditionally, rodeos were a chance for cowboys to show off their ranch skills. These days, proffessionals come from far and wide for a chance to win big bucks! When it comes to rodeos, it’s pretty well known that Prescott brings in the finest. Their reputation on social media is untarnished, and True West magazine named this event the Best Historic Western Rodeo. On top of all that, Yahoo Travel insists that this is the ONE event you cannot miss in Arizona. We couldn’t agree more!
#3 More people than ever before are coming to experience the wild west done right.
When your rodeo is world class, it only makes sense that record numbers of sponsors and attendees will follow! We’re talking about 27,000 people! The World’s Oldest Rodeo knows how it’s done. All in all, you can catch eight exhilarating rodeo performances. Not to mention, they even do a parade downtown. The rodeo hasn’t always had this much success, though. In the past, they’ve struggled to stay alive. These days, a committee of hundreds of people are committed to keeping the tradition alive!
#4 They bring in the big names!
This year, Prescott is proud to have Tanya Tucker as their grand marshal. Talk about a country western legend! She’s received awards from the CMA, CMT, and ACM. And, of course, we can’t forget the nine Grammy nominations. Top it off with her membership in the Texas Music Hall of Fame and CMT’s 40 greatest women of country music, and you couldn’t ask for a more fitting host!
#5 Did we mention there’s a dance?
Too corny? No way! This annual tradition is a crowd favorite. Tickets are very affordable — about $5– and you’ll have some smooth moves when you’re done with the evening. They hold dances a variety of nights, so feel free to swing by for any one of them. Keep an eye out for family night if you’re bringing the whole crew along. Let’s get to boot scootin’!