Rodeo stars ready to rumble in Prescott
The Prescott Frontier Days "World's Oldest Rodeo" kicks off this evening at 7:30 with the first of eight performances at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.
This year the hometown rodeo joined the sport's elite with its membership on the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour. Prescott Frontier Days is one of only 12 rodeos in the United States on the highly-touted tour's summer series.
Essentially Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-member cowboys can accumulate money in seven different events here that counts toward the Jack Daniel's world standings, which determine qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held each year in Las Vegas.
Following tonight's show, the rodeo continues on with seven more performances from Friday through next Tuesday, July 4.
Over the weekend, the grounds plays host to two performances apiece on Saturday and Sunday. Start times are 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
At the conclusion of every Wrangler ProRodeo Tour stop is a so-called Tour round. On July 4 at 1:30 p.m., the Prescott rodeo will hold its Tour round ‹ one that showcases the top 12 contestants in each of seven events vying for points in the tour standings.
In mid-July cable TV network Fox Sports Net will broadcast the Frontier Days Rodeo's Tour round on tape delay.