Governor Says Annual Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Must Ride

By Holliday Moore
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 7:23am

Gov. Doug Ducey is opening the gates for the "world's oldest rodeo" to ride this summer despite COVID-19 restrictions.

The 133rd annual rodeo, slated to begin June 29, was in jeopardy until he announced, "The cowboys and the bulls can get ready."

He did not say whether spectators will be allowed to watch, preferring to wait on making that call because with more than four weeks it is in his words, "light years away."

Prescott Frontier Days manager J.C. Trujillo said he'll plan to host an audience, albeit one that's much smaller.

Under normal circumstances, the rodeo brings in between $300,000 to $400,000 over the seven day event.

Trujillo calls it a Top 30 rodeo in the U.S., and keeping it running this year allows it to remain the oldest in the world.

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