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Homestead Rodeo 2015: Wild west meets the south in the tropics


Homestead rodeo — the southernmost rodeo in the continental United States — is Jan. 23-25, 2015.

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 66th year in 2015.  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.

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.

In between events, there is  entertainment including the Homestead Everglades Posse Precision Mounted Drill team and the crowning of the Homestead Rodeo Queen.

Homestead Rodeo details:

  • Times: 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23,   2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and 2 p.m.  Sunday Jan. 25, 2015.
  • Admission is $20 adults, $5 for kids.
  • There is a free rodeo parade at 11 a.m. in  downtown Homestead on Saturday.

Find out more about the Homestead rodeo here.

Here’s a video from the bull-riding event.

More things to do in Homestead:

Lodging:

Hotels in Homestead

Camping:

Reserve a campsite on ReserveAmerica

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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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