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Best Rodeo (2021)

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The professional sport of rodeo was born from real cattle-herding practices of Spain, Australia and the Americas. Today, these tests of skill and speed are most closely associated with the American West, though rodeo events are hosted throughout the continent.  

  • Davie Pro Rodeo

    Davie Pro Rodeo
    Davie, Fla.

    Often considered Florida’s best rodeo, the Davie Pro Rodeo takes place in “Cowboy Town” with plenty of rodeo action, as well as a vendor marketplace and activities for kids in attendance. The Round Up Nightclub hosts an official rodeo after-party for the chance to meet some of the week’s stars. 
    Photo courtesy of David Rosenfield / Davie Pro Rodeo

  • World's Oldest Rodeo

    World's Oldest Rodeo
    Prescott, Ariz.

    The World's Oldest Rodeo takes place during Prescott Frontier Days – a Fourth of July Weekend tradition dating back to 1888. Events include wild horse racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, team roping, bull riding and barrel racing, as well as specialty rodeo performances. 
    Photo courtesy of Miller Photo / World's Oldest Rodeo

  • California Salinas Rodeo

    California Salinas Rodeo
    Salinas, CA

    The California Rodeo Salinas began as a Wild West show in 1911 and today is the "largest and most popular rodeo in California." The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit at the Salinas Sports Complex will hold its ProRodeo Tour finale this year. Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team and tie-down roping, and barrel racing.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, Orville Myers

  • NEBRASKAland Days

    NEBRASKAland Days
    North Platte, Neb.

    There’s a little bit of everything at NEBRASKAland Days, including a carnival, competitive art show, Western revue stage show, mutton busting, prime rib sandwich, concerts and the PRCA Buffalo Bill Rodeo inside the Wild West Arena. 
    Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism

  • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

    San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
    San Antonio

    More than two million spectators come to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo each year, an event that’s been taking place since 1949. Attractions during the event include a carnival, pig races, trail rides, a Western heritage parade, cowboy church, petting zoo and a rodeo with more than $1.5 million in prize money.
    Photo courtesy of San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

  • Pendleton Round-Up

    Pendleton Round-Up
    Pendleton, Ore.

    At the heart of the Pendleton Round-Up’s week-long schedule of events is the rodeo with events like bareback bronc, saddle bronc, bull riding, steer roping, team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Festival goers also enjoy a parade through Pendleton, Tipi Village, live music and other family friendly entertainment. 
    Photo courtesy of Jenn Byrne / Pendleton Round-Up

  • La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros

    La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros
    Tucson

    The Tucson Rodeo, a.k.a. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, has grown into a 9-day event since its establishment in 1925. The rodeo features current and former PRCA cowboys and cowgirls from around the U.S. and Canada competing in several different events, as well as the world’s longest non-motorized parade.
    Photo courtesy of Tucson Rodeo

  • Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

    Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
    Dodge City, Kansas

    The Dodge City Roundup Rodeo celebrates cowboy culture each year with a packed schedule of horse shows, roping contests and rodeo action. The event is also home to one of the country’s longest-running Little Britches Rodeos geared toward young competitors.
    Photo courtesy of Lone S Photography

  • Ellensburg Rodeo

    Ellensburg Rodeo
    Ellensburg, Wash.

    The Ellensburg Rodeo is part of the Kittitas County Fair, and attendees can enjoy both with a single rodeo ticket. In addition to the PRCA Pro Rodeo, the event includes carnival and midway rides, live music, a Western parade, pancake breakfast and cowboy church. 
    Photo courtesy of Molly Morrow Photography / The Ellensburg Rodeo

  • Silver Spurs Rodeo

    Silver Spurs Rodeo
    Kissimmee, Fla.

    The largest rodeo east of the Mississippi began as a small gathering of ranchers in 1941. Today, the event includes traditional rodeo competitions, as well as a parade and Miss Silver Spurs competition.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / jlophoto

The ten best rodeos are as follows:

  1. Davie Pro Rodeo - Davie, Fla.
  2. World's Oldest Rodeo - Prescott, Ariz.
  3. California Salinas Rodeo - Salinas, CA
  4. NEBRASKAland Days - North Platte, Neb.
  5. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - San Antonio
  6. Pendleton Round-Up - Pendleton, Ore.
  7. La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros - Tucson
  8. Dodge City Roundup Rodeo - Dodge City, Kansas
  9. Ellensburg Rodeo - Ellensburg, Wash.
  10. Silver Spurs Rodeo - Kissimmee, Fla.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning rodeos!

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