Yee-Haul: Prescott Frontier Days ropes in sold-out crowds and ties family with fun – Cronkite News

Photo: Bobby Kerr, also known as the Mustang Man, has one of his tamed wild mustangs perform a bow for the crowd in the rain during Prescott Frontier Days

Prescott Frontier Days kicked off the end of June under wet and rainy conditions.

On the second day of the annual week-long rodeo from June 28 to July 4, sold-out crowds dodged raindrops while none of the competitors were deterred from competition. Time and judged events included the Wild Horse Race, Steer-Wrestling, Bareback Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and the popular Bull Riding.

Kerr took his mustangs and dogs with him after he completed his show at the Prescott Rodeo, also known as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo.”

Some cowboys and cowgirls in action wore pink to honor breast cancer survivors during “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night. The third day of the rodeo entertained yet another sold-out crowd and honored first responders in Prescott before kicking off the scheduled events.

Shad Mayfield competes in the tie-down roping during the rainy second performance. Despite the mud, the horses adjust to the conditions

The “World’s Oldest Rodeo” boasts a deep history.

Originally a professional cowboy tournament organized by Arizona merchants and professional businessmen, The Prescott Rodeo started on July 4, 1888. In 1913, the rodeo was renamed Prescott Frontier Days by a committee of the Yavapai County Fair Association. The Prescott Rodeo continued its rapid growth beyond the Prescott area, and “The World’s Oldest Rodeo” name was approved and registered by the U.S. Patent Office in 1985. Prescott Frontier Days was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 2008 and has since joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in effort to bring professional competitors from the U.S. and Canada.

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(Photos by Brianna Garcia/Cronkite News)

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