The World’s Oldest Rodeo Actually Takes Place Right Here In Arizona
In his prime, my grandfather participated in rodeos. He was a bull rider, one of those crazy guys who tried to stay seated on top of a bucking bull for as long as humanly possible before finally flopping off and hitting the dirt. This was in the days before bull riders wore helmets but even today it’s still a risky, though thrilling, endeavor for both the participants and audience alike.
As you probably know, rodeos are still a popular sport in Arizona. They occur at the state and county fairs, during city celebrations, and other festivities where contestants may have a chance to show off their finely honed skills. If you haven’t been to one, what are you waiting for? There will be plenty of them coming up during the Fourth of July holiday but if you want to see an incredible example, then you need to check out one of the oldest rodeos that still operates in our former capital city.
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The World’s Oldest Rodeo is part of the Prescott Frontier Days, taking place June 28 to July 4. You can find details about the rodeo and the Frontier Days celebration by visiting the website, worldsoldestrodeo.com.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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