Rodeo Scottsdale slated to March weekend at WestWorld

This year’s Rodeo Scottsdale will run from March 7-10. (File photo)

Rodeo Scottsdale — a four-day event featuring rodeo competition, music and dancing at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road — is returning for its 66th year.

Rodeo Scottsdale is a large kickoff event in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Last year, it drew 75 professional bull riders, which is about double what competing events will see, a press release claims.

Event organizers have added a separate day (Thursday) for bull riding to accommodate all the contestants. There will be about 700 contestants for all events combined.

Spectators can watch cowboys from all over the country compete in a variety of rodeo events, including Bull Riding, Bronc’ Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping and Barrel Racing.

Rodeo General Manager Dave Alford said Rodeo Scottsdale will take visitors back in time to traditional rodeos.

“We keep it old school,” he said in a prepared statement.

“The event you see today is nearly identical to what it was like in the 1950’s. The only differences are the contestants and the location. These Cowboys will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time.”

Rodeo Scottsdale is rich in tradition with roots all over the city, according to a release.

The first event was at the site where Scottsdale Fashion Square. In past years, it has also been at the Rawhide grounds in north Scottsdale, which has since moved to Chandler, and at a facility that was across the parking lot from Scottsdale Stadium.

WestWorld has hosted Rodeo Scottsdale since 2000, which was renovated with $50 million from the City of Scottsdale in 2015.

The event runs for four days, with music performances and dancing on site at WestWorld for the first three nights.

A ticket to the rodeo also gets attendees into the evening events featuring Luke Kauffman, Rockin Robbie Hodges, J.W. Alford (Thursday), The Voice’s Austin Allsup (Friday), Kianna Martinez and The Scooter Brown Band (Saturday).

Times for the rodeo events are 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. until finished Sunday.

General Admission is $18 and $5 for children under 12 years-old. Reserved box seats for all ages are $45 and reserved corner seats for all ages are $25.

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