Don’t look now — actually you may want to look to see the action in the ring — but it’s summer rodeo time again.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo, Osceola County longest running tradition, presents its 143rd edition this weekend, Friday and Saturday. The summer rodeo includes the annual School’s Out Blowout.
The summer festival, marking the recent end of the school year, will be outside prior to the rodeos each night beginning at 5:30 p.m. ahead of the 7:30 performances. The School’s Out Blowout, free of charge, includes bounce houses, music and more for the entire family.
Once inside the Silver Spurs Arena, rodeo fans will be treated to the traditional lineup of rodeo events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping.
Unique to the June Silver Spurs Rodeo, spectators will experience the rodeo clowns, witness a performance from the Silver Spurs Junior/Pee Wee Quadrille Team (think square dancing on horseback) and see junior bull riders and barrel racers compete, along with fan favorite Mutton Bustin’ (a sheep race for children ages 4-6 under 40 pounds).
In honor of Memorial Day, the Silver Spurs Rodeo Committee will also be honoring local veterans during the opening ceremonies of each evening’s rodeo. Retired and active service members receive free admission to the summer rodeo.
Also unique to the June rodeo are the junior barrel racing and junior bull riding events, giving local teenagers the opportunity to start their rodeo careers at the Silver Spurs Arena.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo has been an Osceola County tradition since 1944 put on by the Silver Spurs Riding Club every February and June. The show is completely run by volunteers from the pickup men to those behind the chutes and the teams working the concession stands.
“Every summer, the Silver Spurs Rodeo is always how our community kicks off the summer break from school, highlighting our local youth in bull riding, barrel racing, and Quadrille,” said Chris Fluke, Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “This being our 75th year of rodeo in Osceola County, we hope folks will join us for our town’s longest-running tradition.”
Tickets for the rodeo are $15 per adult for each performance, and kids 10 and under are free. A portion of the money raised through rodeo tickets allows the Silver Spurs Riding Club to donate funds to local charities and organizations every year such as AdventHealth Foundation, Education Foundation of Osceola County’s Scholarship Fund, Wounded Warrior Sportsmans Fund, Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families, Guardian ad Litem and others, reaching total annual donations of around $100,000.
For more information or to purchase advance tickets go to www.silverspursrodeo.com.