Rodeo Miami 2021 set for August 27-28

Posted on 08/23/2021
(Miami, Okla.) - Wholesome, family-friendly, fun. Three words organizers use to describe the two-day Rodeo Miami set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 and 28, at the Miami Fairgrounds in Miami, Oklahoma.
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. The ranking comes from a vote by the top 20 contestants in each event which are announced during the annual ACRA Finals.
With almost 400 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 & Resort.
“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.”
This year’s entertainment features Brinson James, whose act features a mixture of comedy and trick roping. While the 20-something James may seem young, he is considered an accomplished rodeo clown on the professional circuit.
James has traveled since the age of 2, and performed alongside his father, legendary Hollywood Harris, since he was 10.
Carder said he saw James in action at several pro rodeos and knew he would provide a solid performance for Miami Rodeo participants. James’ appearance is sponsored by South Coffeyville Stockyards and Visit Miami OK (CVB).
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. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the rodeo grounds.
For the second year in a row, Rodeo Miami officials have sought out an assortment of food truck vendors rather than have a single concession stand. Carder said everything from barbeque to funnel cakes and “anything you can get on a stick” will be available for purchase.
For the youngest patrons, a free kids area featuring roping demonstrations, roping dummies, barrel racing with stick horses and other fun activities will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Friday and Saturday nights.
Thursday night, Aug. 26, 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, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, City of Miami, Oklahoma, and 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 Bustin 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 buckle each night.
The Rodeo Miami Queen, Teen and Sweetheart will be crowned on Friday following the first event. Additional information about the contest may be obtained from Rodeo Miami Pageant Coordinator Addee Carder by emailing [email protected]
Kids Night at Rodeo Miami will also take place on Friday and is being sponsored by R6 recycling. Kids t-shirts will be given out on Friday night to the first two hundred attendees. Kids ticket passes will be distributed at local elementary schools the week of the rodeo. Students, ages 12 and under, may pick up a free kids pass during business hours at the CVB office, located at 111 N Main Street in Miami. Kids ticket passes are good for free entry with a paid adult ticket.
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 Blakelynn Ellick from Quapaw. At almost 20-months-old, Blakelynn or Blake to her friends and family, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer on July 8. She will spend the next year and half, at minimum, traveling to St. Judes Hospital in Memphis for treatment. #BeeStrong.
A limited number of non-food vendor spaces remain available for $250 for both days. Vendors must have proof of insurance. For more information, persons interested may contact Visit Miami Oklahoma (CVB) at 918-542-4435.
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. Spectators may upgrade to a VIP seat for an additional $5 at the gate each night, as space remains available.
Advance 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, OK.
Additional major sponsors include: Fosters Liquor, Moates Excavating & GT Productions, A&D Equine Dentistry, Eubanks Equipment, Hutchinson Salt Co, Inman Bail, Johnston Ranch Supply, Nutting Collision, Rockin S Cattle Hauling, Security Bank and Trust, Shelter Insurance, The Cole Organization, Youngers Plumbing, Osborn Drug, Miami Auto Super Center, D1 Resources, Neece Concrete, 4 State Roll Off, Spider Lift Boat Covers, Tractor Supply, GRDA, Stables Casino, Pete's, South Coffeyville Stockyards, Arvest Bank Miami, Ottawa County Sheriff, Beachner Grain, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Cole Equipment, First National Bank of Miami, McCormick Feed Services, INTEGRIS Miami Hospital, Dustin Kunkel Insurance, Family Dental & Associates, Specialty Risk Insurance, Johnston Ranch Supply, R6 Recycling, Westco, Route 66 Heritage Festival, Zimmer Radio, KGLC & KGVE Radio, KKOW, Visit Miami OK, Outlaws National, Welch State Bank, Farmers Co-Op Baxter & Columbus, Tess Murray-Mesa West Esthetics, Show Me Magazine, Premier Concrete, Lake Health & Chiropractic PLLC, Iron Works, KOAM & Fox 14 and Steve Bashore State Rep.
For more information about Rodeo Miami, persons interested may contact Visit Miami OK (CVB) at 918-542-4435 or follow www.facebook.com/rodeomiamiokla for updates.
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