Obviously, the first question to get out of the way is, “What about the Goodwin Fire?”
The Goodwin Fire is not anywhere near the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, and should have little or no impact on tonight’s performance. The air is clear, and should create no breathing concerns. Attending the World’s Oldest Rodeo is perfectly safe.
How to get to Prescott if you’re coming from Phoenix:
1. Take I-17 to SR 169. You cannot exit at Cordes Junction because of the fire, but you can come across on 169.
2. Go through Cottonwood and Jerome. It’s a spectacular drive, and if you drive through Jerome at the right time, you can stop for fudge at the Copper Country Fudge shop and at Nellie Bly’s Kaleidoscope Shop This route will add at least an hour to your travels (depending on how long you poke around in Nellie Bly’s), but it’s so worth it!
3. Come up through Wickenburg and Yarnell. Just before Wilhoit, you’ll choose whether to head straight up the hill (restricted to trucks under 40 feet) or to use Iron Springs Road to Kirkland Jct. and Skull Valley (this way is not nearly as twisty and turny.) As far as how long it takes, the time will be pretty close either way.
"The Rodeo and the 4th of July celebration is a big part of Prescott’s economy. Attending these events and taking part in the activities is actually one of the things that can help the community during this challenge. It’s a huge part of what we do,” said Prescott City Councilwoman Billie Orr.
Lots of events are planned for this year’s celebrations. Besides the rodeo (which has some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the world participating) there is the Rodeo Dance, the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade, the Rodeo Parade (2nd largest parade in Arizona, by the way), the Wild Horse Race and Cowboy Church. This year’s Parade theme is, “Legends live among us,” including JC Trujillo, Brad Smith and George Richards. Of course, the World’s Oldest Rodeo has more than just bucking horses and bulls. Specialty acts, rodeo clowns and lovely ladies are in full supply.
"The World's Oldest Rodeo is such an important event for Prescott. Rodeo officials tell us that the show will go on, so please plan to come out and keep your date with the rodeo!" John Heiney, Communications Director for the City of Prescott said.
And just to get you ready, here’s a glimpse of some riding from last year: