This event has been recognized by the American Cowboy Rodeo Association (ACRA) as the Rodeo of the Year for the past six consecutive years (2010-2015). With more than four hundred contestants, the event continues to draw fans from across the four state region and serves as one of the largest events held annually in Miami, Oklahoma.
Rodeo tickets 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 (101 N. Main) or at Westco locations in Miami, Vinita, Grove, Neosho, MO and Columbus, KS. Advanced tickets 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 (ages 4-10) are $5 nightly in advance and at the gate. Ages 3 and under are free.
Rodeo action kicks off in Miami on Friday, May 6 with INTEGRIS Kids Night where the first five hundred kids will receive a free t-shirt. Gates at the Miami Fairgrounds will open at 5 p.m. nightly. Kids’ activities will start at 6:30 p.m. The rodeo performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. The 2015 Rodeo Miami Queen, Little Miss Rodeo Miami Teen and Little Miss Rodeo Miami Sweetheart will be crowned on Friday.
A crowd favorite event, Mutton Busting will take place both nights at Rodeo Miami. Kids interested in entering must be registered at the announcers’ stand each night by 6:30 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.
Danger Dave Whitmoyer, PRCA Rodeo Clown will be a part of the performance both nights. Danger Dave will be visiting area elementary schools during rodeo week where he will present his program that encourages students to give their best in all they do. These activities are being sponsored by Rodeo Miami, Inc. as part of the Rodeo Miami Gives Back campaign. This campaign is aimed at programs that allow the organization to use proceeds from the annual rodeo and put them back into the Miami community.
Slack will take place on Saturday starting 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 6:30 p.m. and the rodeo will follow at 7:30 p.m. 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 breast cancer programs in our region. “Our Rodeo Miami Gives Back campaign is one of the highlights of why we do what we do,” said Bob Carder, Rodeo Miami Chairman. Our committee has had the honor of donating over $4,000 to members of the community to assist with expenses in their fight against cancer. This is a small way that we show our support,” Carder added. Rodeo fans will have the opportunity to donate toward this project during the Saturday night performance.
Following tradition, the Spirit of Miami Award presentation will take place on Saturday during the performance. This award is given annually during Rodeo Miami to honor a community member, business or organization that leads by example in showing the Miami, Oklahoma spirit and works effortlessly to make Miami a better place to work and live. Activities will also take place during Rodeo Miami 2016 to continue the celebration of Miami’s 125th Anniversary.
Concessions will be available each night and during slack. Limited vendor space and sponsorships are still available. For more information about Rodeo Miami, call the Miami CVB at 918-542-4435 or follow Rodeo Miami on facebook for event updates.