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Jan. 22-24: Homestead Rodeo, where wild west meets the south in the tropics

Homestead rodeo — the southernmost rodeo in the continental United States — is Jan. 22-24, 2016.

Florida is a strange amalgam of Deep South meets New York, with a little Havana and Puerto Rico thrown in.

If you travel around the Sunshine State, you also learn about a rich history of cattle ranching and “cow hunters” — what Florida called its Cracker cowboys, who “hunted” cattle by rounding them up with distinctive-sounding bullwhips.

So, it is not all that surprising that Florida has a rich history of rodeos in its small towns.  One of the longest lasting traditional rodeos and the southernmost rodeo in the United States  is in Homestead.

Homestead’s rodeo takes place at  Harris Field, U.S. 1 and Campbell Drive.

The Homestead Rodeo celebrates its 67th year in 2016.  It’s one of the first rodeos in the circuit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assn., and thus draws cowboys from around the country who want to start accumulating points toward the December national finals.

The rodeo is a mix of professional rodeo events and small-town celebration, but organizers bring in top talent — the best rodeo announcers, the U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

Seven championship events are  featured; bare-back and saddle bronco riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, cowgirls’ barrel racing and the crowd-pleasing bull riding.

 

Homestead Rodeo details:

Homestead Rodeo schedule:

8 p.m. Friday Jan. 22, 2016: “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Night at Harris Field Doc DeMilly Rodeo Arena. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink. Well-known rodeo announcer Wayne Brooks will be the rodeo announcer for all three performances.. The specialty act, rodeo clown & barrelman will be Trent McFarland.

Performing all weekend are the Homestead Everglades Posse Precision Mounted Drill Team and the U.S. Marine Corp Mounted Color Guard. Based in Barstow, California, they are the last remaining Mounted Color Guard in the Marine Corps today.

Saturday Jan, 23, 2016: Free rodeo parade through historic downtown Homestead at 11 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “Books and Broncs! Homestead Rodeo Association’s Literacy Program.” This is a HRA reading program for first graders at local Homestead area schools. The rodeo performance at Harris Field Doc DeMilly Rodeo Arena begins at 2 p.m. The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team are scheduled to perform a parachute jump into the arena.

2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 24, 2016: This performance is a salute the men and women of our Armed Forces. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in support. Again scheduled to perform a parachute jump into the arena are the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

Find out more about the Homestead rodeo here.

 

More things to do in Homestead:

 

Lodging & camping:

  • There is camping in Everglades National Park, of course. Reserve a campsite on ReserveAmerica
  • I hear good things about the inexpensive Everglades International Hostel.
  • A long-time local businessman bought the Hotel Redland in downtown Homestead and has turned the 1904 hotel into a bed and breakfast with a  good home-cooking restaurant in it.  I’ve stayed there and found it to be a friendly place. There are a few rough edges, but it is clean, quiet and full of local character.
  • Hotels in Homestead

 

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2 Comments

  1. Dewey,
    If you went to the rodeo, we’d be interested in your reactions. Might help folks next year decide about going to the event. Thanks!

  2. Searched three time to find an itinerary – was not one?

    Timing of events left to the daily discretion of the show – now that is what Tennesseans call a pig in the poke.

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