Originally Published: May 27, 2016 5:55 a.m.
Volunteers started Prescott Frontier Days, the World’s Oldest Rodeo, back in 1888 and volunteers keep it going. It takes hundreds of personnel to put on eight rodeo performances, three nights of dancing and a parade.
Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. needs volunteers to staff the 129th World’s Oldest Rodeo, set for June 28-July 4.
There is a place for everyone: grandstand ushers, parking, ticket takers, security, various arena areas, along with two hospitality sections, the mercantile booth, and just generally helping out. Happy Hearts for Exceptional Children takes place prior to the first performance and needs help with the mini-rodeo for the kids. The Old Timer’s Reunion serves lunch for our honorees who were contestants, spouses and former rodeo queens from 40 or more years ago.
The Rodeo Dance will be held at the BMO Harris parking lot at the corner of Sheldon and Montezuma for three nights, starting June 30 and running through July 2. They need security, gate keepers, ticket sellers, and other helpers.
The Rodeo Parade on Saturday, July 2, needs over 50 volunteers to keep things moving, including people to organize each of the sections, answer questions, patrol the parade route, check-in entries, and various other duties.
This is a chance to use that cowboy hat stashed in your closet and polish your boots. Be a part of the action at a large and historical event. Meet new people. Learn a new skill. Opportunities are available for groups to contribute their time.
Volunteer applications are available on the World’s Oldest Rodeo® website, www.worldsoldestrodeo.com, under “Forms.” Or stop in at our new office in the Mackin Building at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott. For more information, call 928-445-3103.
For those who would like to get a jump on the action, there will be two work days on Saturday, May 28, and Saturday, June 4, starting at 8:30 a.m. Meet on the north side of the arena and be prepared to help clean up the areas, work on the new pens, install new panels, and get things organized for rodeo.