The 2017 Rodeo Miami event, hosted by Vance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will take place on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at the Miami Fairgrounds. This event has been recognized by the American Cowboy Rodeo Association (ACRA) as the Rodeo of the Year for the past seven consecutive years (2010-2016). With more than four hundred contestants anticipated, the event continues to draw fans from across the four state regions and serves as one of the largest annual events held in Miami, Oklahoma.
Rodeo tickets, sponsored by Quapaw Casino, are on sale and can be purchased from Queen, Teen or Sweetheart contestants, the City of Miami Utility Billing Office, the Miami CVB Visitor Center (111 N. Main) or at Westco locations in Miami, Vinita, Grove, Neosho, MO and Columbus, KS. Advanced tickets are available and are $10 nightly for adults or $15 for both nights. At the gate, a one-day ticket will be sold for $12 for adults and the two-day ticket will be $20. Tickets for kids (4-10) are $5 nightly in advance and at the gate. Ages 3 and under are free.
“This event continues to grow and we are thrilled to bring back a full line-up of family fun for the region” stated Bob Carder, Chairman of Rodeo Miami. “Rodeo Miami is one of the top ACRA rodeos in the area and we look forward to another great event” Carder added.
Rodeo festivities begin in Miami on Friday, May 5 with INTEGRIS Kids Night. Gates at the Miami Fairgrounds will open at 5 p.m. nightly. Kids’ activities will start at 6 p.m. and will include the NEO Kids Zone where kids will be taught how to rope.
Mutton Bustin, a favorite crowd pleaser, will take place on both nights of the rodeo. Kids interested in entering must be registered at the announcers’ stand each night by 6 p.m. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis and participants must weigh sixty pounds or less. Cost to enter is $20. Each night, the winner will receive a Rodeo Miami buckle.
The rodeo performance will begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. Miss Rodeo Miami Queen, Teen and Little Miss Rodeo Miami Sweetheart will be crowned on Friday, May 5. Rodeo Clown and funny man Cody Sosebee and trick rider Haley Ganzel will be a part of the performance both nights. Rodeo entertainment is being sponsored by Buffalo Run Casino.
On Saturday, May 6, Slack will start at 9 a.m. Cost to attend is $5 per person at the gate. Once Slack is complete, the stands will be cleared and prepared for the evening performance. Activities for kids will kick-off at 6 p.m. and the rodeo will follow at 7:30 p.m. The annual “Spirit of Miami” award will be presented on Saturday evening. This award has become a tradition of Rodeo Miami and allows event organizers the opportunity to honor a community volunteer that gives back to the city with the special “Spirit of Miami.”
Pink Night at Rodeo Miami will be on Saturday, May 6. Rodeo fans are encouraged to wear pink on Saturday to help in supporting the “tough enough to wear pink” theme. Pink bracelets will be sold and special activities will take place to help support cancer programs in our region. Rodeo fans will have the opportunity to donate towards the project during the Saturday night performance.
New to the event in 2017 is the Green Country Boutique & Craft Show held in the Expo Building directly north of the main entrance at the Miami Fairgrounds. The expo building will be full of vendors offering unique shopping prior to the rodeo activities. While the expo event is free to the public, it is necessary to purchase a rodeo ticket for entrance into the Fairgrounds. For more information, contact City of Miami Recreation Coordinator Charly Petrek at 918-542-4435.
Concessions will be available each night and during slack. There will be a hospitality tent for contestants for both days. For more information about Rodeo Miami, call the Miami CVB at 918-542-4435 or follow Rodeo Miami on Facebook for event updates.