Rodeo Miami 2020 set for August 28-29 in Miami, Oklahoma

Posted on 08/23/2020

Rodeo Miami 2020 set for next weekend in Miami, Oklahoma


(Miami, OK) - Ready for some outdoor fun filled with cowboys and cowgirls? Check out Rodeo Miami, a two-day rodeo event exemplifying all things western Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29. 


The event, voted the American Cowboy Rodeo Association’s (ACRA) Rodeo of the Year since 2010, includes everything from bronc riding, team roping, barrels, ladies break-away roping and bull riding. With up to 500 entrants, Rodeo Miami is one of the biggest events of its kind in the region and back by popular demand is the large video screen, sponsored by Buffalo Run Casino.   


“Rodeo Miami is just good family fun, full of the western lifestyle,” said Bob Carder, event chairman. “It’s a great tradition. My favorite part is just seeing the grandstands full.” 


Southwest Missouri ProRodeo clown/barrelman Gizmo McCracken is the featured entertainment, while the stock contractor is Hampton Rodeo out of Springdale, Arkansas.  Rodeo entertainment is being provided by GRDA.   


“Gizmo was the 2017 comedy act of the year,” Carder said. “He has been the act at National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. I am proud to call him a great friend.” 


This year’s rodeo includes approximately 2,000 additional seats, as a new double section bleacher set sits on the east side of the arena. Carder said the entire arena has been rearranged to allow people to sit in their family groups, while adhering to social distancing standards. 


While patrons are more than welcome to wear a mask, face coverings will not be mandated. Carder hopes people will get outside, enjoy the fresh air and use the rodeo as a chance to see their friends and neighbors.  


This year, instead of having a singular concession stand, Rodeo Miami officials have sought out an assortment of food truck vendors. Carder said everything from barbeque to funnel cakes and “anything you can get on a stick” will be available for purchase. 


“We think it’s better and safer for our NEO kids who traditionally staff the concessions, and offer the public more options,” Carder said. “Depending on how it goes well this year, we may stay this way in the future.” 


For the youngest patrons, students from NEO will host a kids area featuring roping demonstrations, roping dummies, barrel racing with stick horses and other fun activities. Those events are free and slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  


Thursday night, Aug. 27, will include the overflow or slack events in team roping, ladies break-away roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling. Rough stock slack will take place following the evening’s events on Friday and Saturday.  Tickets for slack are $5 at the gate.  


More about the rodeo 

A team of more than 35 volunteers help put on the rodeo each year at the Miami Fairgrounds, located at 1129 E. Street S.W. in Miami, Oklahoma.  The rodeo is produced by Rodeo Miami Inc, NEO A&M College, City of Miami and the Visit Miami OK (CVB).   


Gates at the Miami Fairgrounds will open at 5 p.m., with the kids activities starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rodeo performances kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while slack on Thursday kicks off at 6 p.m. 


Mutton Busting contestants need to register nightly at the grandstands by 6 p.m. Students must weigh 60 pounds or less and be 6 years and younger. The winner will receive a Rodeo Miami trophy each night.  


The Rodeo Miami Queen, Teen and Sweetheart will be crowned during on Friday following the first event. Additional information about the contest may be obtained from Rodeo Miami Pageant Coordinator Brandy Proctor by emailing   


Saturday night is the traditional Pink Night, which raises monies for a local community member battling cancer.  Fans will have the opportunity to donate to a general fund and 100 percent of those donations go to the community member. Rodeo contestants are encouraged to wear pink on Saturday.  


This year’s Rodeo Miami Gives Back recipient is Miley Attocknie, a fifth grader at Quapaw Elementary. Miley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February 2020. She received a bone marrow transplant earlier this summer. #MileyStrong 


A limited number of vendor spaces remain available. Those interested may register by contacting the Miami CVB at 918-542-4435. Food vendor rates are $350 for both days and non-food vendors are $250 for both days. Vendors must have proof of insurance.   


If You Go 

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. A two-day adult ticket can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the gate for $25. Tickets for Thursday’s slack event are $5 for all ages and available at the gate. 


A limited amount of VIP seating is available on-site nightly for an additional $5 per spectator.   


Tickets may be purchased at participating Westco stores or from any Queen, Teen and Sweetheart contestant.  


Each ticket will have a coupon on the back from ticket sponsor High Winds Casino. This year’s event is presented by Vance Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Miami.  Additional major sponsors include Buffalo Run Casino, GRDA, Tractor Supply, Quapaw Casino, Downstream Casino, Steve Chasteen for County Commissioner, Osborn Drugs, Welch State Bank, Chad Masterson for County Commissioner, Stables Casino, Peper Patch Farms, First National Bank, Specialty Risk Insurance, Hamill Metals, Service Solutions, Miami Industrial & Supply, JM Farms, Miami Family Dental, Washboard Laundry, Beachner Grain, Joplin Stockyards, David Dean for Sheriff, Iron Works, O’Reilly National Outlaw, Jeremy Floyd for Sheriff, M&D Lumber, KKOW 96.9, Fox 14, KOAM Channel 7, and 5 Star Ranch & Home.   


For more information about Rodeo Miami, persons interested may contact Visit Miami OK (CVB) at 918-542-4435 or follow for updates. 

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