Springdale, the heart of Northwest Arkansas, is home to over 73,000 residents, the Buffalo National River, a 22,000-square foot family recreational center known as The Jones Center, parks and trails galore, and many attractions. With so many things to do and see in this beautiful region, it’s no wonder why it is a popular tourist destination. One large draw to the area is the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, which is in its 70th year this year. I talked with Jerry Biazo, President of the Rodeo of the Ozarks to learn more about this annual event.
RAL: Tell me a little bit about the event.
JB: The Rodeo of the Ozarks is a fun, rodeo event for the entire family. It first came into existence following the end of World War II and has grown exponentially from there. The rodeo is now in it’s 70th year, so we are expecting some big things this year! We hold the event on Fourth of July weekend, so July 2-5 this year, and it draws some of the top cowboys in the United States. There will be professional rodeos, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback racing, team roping, fan-favorite bull riding and much more. There will also be many fun activities for all ages and of course delicious food to enjoy. So bring the whole family, come hungry and don’t forget your cowboy boots and hats!
RAL: This event sounds fun, but what makes it unique?
JB: One thing that makes this event unique is the fact that it has been going on for 70 years now. This shows that it has some draw to it. It takes attendees on a journey back to the glory days of yesteryear, when cowboys were a big part of the U.S. Cowboys getting together and having competitions is how rodeos became what they are today and we really celebrate that concept at this event. Plus, cowboys refer to July 4 as Cowboy Christmas, so we really have to make it special for them!
“It first came into existence following the end of World War II and has grown exponentially from there. The rodeo is now in it’s 70th year, so we are expecting some big things this year!”
RAL: That truly is unique! Now, being a tourist destination, this event must mean quite a bit to the community, is that true?
JB: The rodeo really means a lot to our community. Not only does it drive business to the area and boost the economy quite a bit, but it also funds our not-for-profit organization. That money is used to hold activities for the community and funds scholarship programs for our youth. We also hold a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night during the event that supports the Susan G. Koman Foundation. On this night, any contestant who wins an event wearing pink has donations go to the foundation in their name. It really is a lot of fun and of course supports a great cause. All of these things are very important to us and are a great reason to join us.
RAL: Those are all great reasons to join in on the fun! Is there anything else you would like to add?
JB: Just come on down and join us for a fun time!
If you would like to learn more about the Rodeo of the Ozarks, visit their website.