July Fourth Holiday Rodeo week has come to the White Mountains with three big rodeos for the professionals and a junior rodeo for up-and-coming riders and wranglers.
Things get under way on Thursday, July 4, in Springerville/Eagar. There will also be team roping all weekend, from July 4-6, at Linden Valley Arena.
The 107th Consecutive Round Valley Rodeo begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Eagar Rodeo Grounds. The annual July Fourth Parade begins at 10 a.m. Rodeo events are bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, ladies barrel racing, ladies breakaway, calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling. Special events include the wild horse race, pony express, pick-up race and queen keg race.
Slack continues at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 5, beginning with bull riding.
The Lil’ Deuces Rodeo begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at Village Arena in Show Low. Contestants may sign up inside the Boot Barn, in adjacent Pineview Plaza, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring birth certificate or ID card to sign up.
The afternoon slate includes a number of kids’ events for ages 4-6, such as a stick horse race, boot scramble and cash calf, and mutton busting (longest three rides win belt buckle for winner and trophies, plus prize money). There is calf riding for kids 7-9, and steer riding for those 10-12, a cash steer for those 7-12, and a chicken scramble for kids of all ages.
The 14th Annual Deuces wild Rodeo gets under way at 7 p.m. on Friday. Events for the evening are bareback riding, saddle bronc, breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping, bull riding, steer wrestling and calf roping, plus special entertainment. The DWR is a major stop on the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association circuit.
Barrel racing slack will be on Friday night following the main rodeo performance. All other slack rodeo events get under way at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at Village Arena.
Taylor’s 65th Annual Night Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, at Taylor Rodeo Park. The featured act of the evening is 11-time PRCA Act of the Year John Payne, a.k.a. One Armed Bandit. A spectacular fireworks show follows at 9. It caps a day full of events in the town to celebrate our nation’s independence.
Rough stock events are bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding; timed events are calf roping and team roping. Calf roping begins at 1 p.m. with two progressive rounds and one short go. Twelve names will be drawn for the night performance and all others will rope after the fireworks. All team roping will be held after the main rodeo performance and fireworks.
The first performance of barrel racing (both open and juniors) begins at 9:30 (enter beginning at 8 a.m.). The top 12 racers from the first performance open division have the option to re-enter and run in the Taylor Night Rodeo.