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Old West Celebrations & PRCA Events
It’s rodeo season, and where better to experience all the roping, ranching and wrangling fun than Oklahoma? The Sooner State is home to plenty of PRCA rodeos, most of which are accompanied by parades, state fairs, and heritage celebrations.
Memorial Day Weekend brings many Oklahoma rodeos to the fairground or arena. Check out the Hinton PRCA Rodeo at the Crosstie Arena – set in the Great Plains region, just west of Oklahoma City between Weatherford and El Reno along Interstate 40. The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo is also held over Memorial Day, this time in northern Oklahoma, just northeast of Tulsa, at the Will Rogers Stampede Arena along Historic Route 66.
Speaking of Oklahoma City, don’t miss the Oklahoma State Fair at the festive State Fair Park.
Looking for a little Old West heritage with your rodeo? Head to the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon – a traditional PRCA rodeo in the Oklahoma Panhandle complete with royalty contests, carnivals, and the Pioneer Days Parade. Located in Guthrie, the 89er Days Rodeo – part of the Oklahoma '89er Day Celebration – is accompanied by a parade, carnival and chuck wagon feed. Yet another town along Route 66, Elk City is home to the PRCA Rodeo of Champions, a PRCA event followed by live music, dances, and Native American Pow-Wow Dancers.
In southern Oklahoma, Poteau features the Poteau Frontier Rodeo at LeFlore County Fairgrounds.
If rodeos are your game, then Oklahoma is your state.
Guthrie's 89er Days Rodeo
Fun at the Guthrie Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena
Set in Guthrie, the Oklahoma '89er Day Celebration has been an annual festivity in northern Oklahoma for more than eight decades. A town just north of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Guthrie is a true Old West town, and a perfect site for the '89er Day Rodeo.
Happening in late April, the '89er Day Rodeo takes place at the Guthrie Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. Rodeo events include, steer wrestling, junior barrels mutton bustin’, and team and calf roping – plus bull and bronc riding.
The Oklahoma '89er Day Celebration is not over yet. Get a good seat at the '89er Day Parade, let the kids loose at the '89er Day Carnival, and fill up at the Chuck Wagon Feed. Other '89er Day event include the old-timer baseball game, and Queen Coronation – also first runner-up and second runner-up to the 89er Queen.
If you’ve found some extra time during your stay, be sure to check out the Guthrie Historic District.
Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo
Known as Oklahoma’s richest rodeo, Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has been a city tradition since 1932. Held in the Oklahoma panhandle at the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena, The Pioneer Days Rodeo is the 10th largest rodeo in terms of prize money in the PRCA, largest event in Texas County, and the fifth largest outdoor rodeo in the game, bringing thousands of people to Guymon – dubbed the Saddle Bronc Capital of the World – each May.
A commemoration to Guymon’s early frontier days, the Pioneer Days celebration features traditional rodeo events like steer roping, bronc riding, and mutton bustin’. Don’t miss other Pioneer Days events like and 5K run and walk, a carnival, and parade, a golf tournament, and the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant. Wear yourself out in the Oklahoma panhandle at this annual showdown.
Get Wild at Hilton PRCA Rodeo
Head to Hinton, OK this Memorial Day Weekend, and get ready for some wild action at the Hinton PRCA Rodeo, the oldest PRCA rodeo in Oklahoma. Established in 1931, this annual event was named the Prairie Circuit Rodeo of the Year and is held at the Crosstie Arena, just west of Oklahoma City between El Reno and Weatherford.
This action-packed rodeo features everything from bareback riding, calf roping, and saddle bronc riding, to team roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding. See who wins for best all-around cowboy, best bareback riding, or best tie-down roping at this year’s Crosstie PRCA Rodeo.
Poteau Frontier Rodeo
Formerly known as the Phil Gardenhire PRCA Rodeo, the new Poteau Frontier Rodeo is set in Poteau, OK and is produced by the famed David Bailey Rodeo. Run, don’t walk, to the LeFlore County Fairgrounds each May for incredible rodeo events and the well-known Poteau Frontier Rodeo’s royalty contest: The Girl of the Frontier competition.
Get there early for opening events like the ranch broncs, open barrels, six and under pee wee barrels and mutton bustin’ – followed by a three-day Oklahoma PRCA Rodeo. Other Poteau Frontier Rodeo events include livestock exhibitions, rodeo clowning, and great food. Grab your boots and head down to the rodeo.
Elk City Rodeo of Champions
For over 70 years, the Oklahoma town of Elk City has commemorated its Old West heritage with the annual three-day Rodeo of Champions celebration. The PRCA Rodeo of Champions is the third largest rodeo in Oklahoma, an event not to be missed.
Held over Labor Day Weekend at Beutler Brothers Rodeo Arena, the PRCA Rodeo of Champions and Rodeo Parade draw thousands of visitors to Oklahoma’s Great Plains. Don’t miss cowboys and cowgirls competing over national titles during barrel racing, bull riding, bareback riding, and team roping. The PRCA Rodeo of Champions is surrounded by many family friendly events, including the free Parade of Champions in downtown Elk City, the Kids’ Carnival, and the historic carousel at Ackley Park. Other events include country music headliners, a dance at Ackley Park, pageants, and Native American Pow-Wow Dancers.
Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo
Found along Historic Route 66, the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo is a classic Oklahoma festivity, held in the city of Claremore – just northeast of Tulsa. Held annually over Memorial Day Weekend, make your way to the Will Rogers Stampede Arena for this nearly 70-year-old event. Catch barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping, and steer roping at this year’s Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo – plus mutton bustin’. Enjoy the nightly dance following the Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo, all of the fun vendor booths, and loads of children’s activities – not to mention the nearby Will Rogers Memorial Museum is open to explore.
Centennial Rodeo Opry
Housed within the Centennial Rodeo Opry Theater in Stockyards City, the Centennial Rodeo Opry is an anticipated event held in Oklahoma City.
Known as "Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show," the opry was originally established in 1977.
Now found in Stockyard City in OKC, the Centennial Rodeo Opry is held Saturday nights in a family-friendly atmosphere.
New country stars, old favorites, and the Opry House Band perform at the Rodeo Opry Theater each week, while the opry is also associated with the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma and the Granville Music School.
Seeing the Centennial Rodeo Opry is just one of 24 things to do in Oklahoma in 24 hours!