Rodeo of the Ozarks Starts July 4

Growing up in northwest Arkansas, nothing says the Fourth of July to me like Springdale’s Rodeo of the Ozarks. The event is July 4-7 at Parson’s Stadium, and is definitely family-friendly entertainment. About 500 professional athletes compete during this nationally-honored rodeo in seven PRCA and WPRA sanction events – Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping and the ever popular Bull Riding.

The annual rodeo parade kicks off at 3 p.m. on the 4th and proceeds from the rodeo grounds west through downtown Springdale. Gates open at 6 p.m. for opening night of the 68th rodeo. Mutton Bustin begins at 6:30 p.m. If you don’t know what that is, it’s kids riding sheep and is the cutest funniest part of evening. Rodeo events start at 7:30 p.m. with Chris Cagle in concert following the rodeo.
The same time schedule is followed on the 5th and 6th. However, David nail performs after the rodeo on July 5 with KIX Brooks taking the stage July 6.
The second rodeo parade is at 10 a.m. on July 7 running the same route. The final night of the rodeo ends with a fireworks extravaganza.
Bull riding and barrel racing have always been two of my favorite events. What are your favorites?
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