If you don't already know about it, Cowtown Rodeo, located in Pilesgrove, NJ in Salem County, South Jersey, offers professional rodeo "in the true tradition of the old west" each Saturday night at 7:30pm from May through the end of September each year.
It is currently in it's 52nd year of rodeo performances, providing events for Bareback Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Brahama Bull Riding, Team Roping and Girls Barrel Racing. It is a professional stop on the professional rodeo ciruit for hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls from the east coast and the nation.
Cowtown Rodeo is the only sanctioned weekly professional rodeo east of the Mississippi and the longest continuous running regular Saturday night rodeo in the United States!
The Cowtown Rodeo is one of three weekly ongoing rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The others are in Mesquite, TX. and Steamboat Springs, CO. It is part of the First Frontier Rodeo Circuit.
While it officially got it's start in the 1950's, it's history can by traced back to 1929 involving Howard "Stoney" Harris when he put on a rodeo for the county fair in Woodstown,NJ. Eventually, he established Cowtown Rodeo in 1955. Several generations later, the Harris family still owns and has actively participated in the rodeo. During the later part of the 50's and the 60's Cowtown Rodeo had it's own TV show, which I can remember watching while growing up with my family.
Insider Note: The regular program lasts from 7:30 to 10:00pm, but usually there are more contestants for the competition than can fit on the first program. As a result, if you stick around after the first show you will often see national caliber contestants in the second show.
Cowtown rodeo is within easy reach from anywhere in the Delaware Valley, including Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. Food, including snacks and hot and cold refreshments are available. The arena seats 4000, with box seats and season tickets available. (Click here for rates.) Parking is free.
Don't miss out on this exciting attraction for the whole family to experience and enjoy.
Also on site: Cowtown Flea Market (Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8am-4pm, year round); Cowtown Livestock Auction (Tuesday at noon, year round).
Kevin Black - Photo Gallery - Cowtown 2007
Joseph Sorrentino - Photography - Cowtown Rodeo
Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown
Bucking Bronco at Cowtown
Cowtown Rodeo: real | mp4
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)
Womens Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA)
New Jersey Barrel Racing
RodeoAttitude.com - Rodeo News
World of Rodeo
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