Sports Editor

Bull rider

June 10, 2016 - Kissimmee, FL, USA - during the 137th Silver Spurs Rodeo at Osceola Heritage Park, Anderson Alencar of Xambre,Brazil rides his bull for the full 8 seconds. - (Credit Image: Rob Herbert/News Gazette)

142nd Silver Spurs Rodeo, RNCFR on deck in coming weeks

There’s seasons for every sport. And, in Kissimmee, this week is the start of rodeo season.

Starting Saturday, three top rodeo events over six weeks dot the schedule at the Silver Spurs Arena.

Saturday — the 8th annual Monster Bulls: The Silver Spurs Riding Club shows off its bull stock, saying “they’re feisty, and bred to buck!” The biggest and baddest of them enter the arena to give the challenging cowboys “a ride of their life.” Tickets are $15 for adults, children 10 and under are free and each ticket include free Fair admission to the Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show, which runs from Friday through to Feb. 17.

Feb. 15-17 — 142nd Silver Spurs Rodeo: One of Osceola County’s longest and most treasured traditions hosted every 3rd weekend in February.

The annual event features all seven traditional rodeo events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping, and barrel racing. In between all the rodeo action, there will be an act by the Silver Spurs Quadrille team, who perform a square dance on horseback. A crowd favorite, and beloved Silver Spurs tradition, children ages 6-10 can participate in the Calf Scramble where they come onto the dirt and chase a calf’s tail for a $5 prize. Long known as the largest Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) east of the Mississippi River, the February rodeo draws contestants from all over the nation, many national champions, to compete for upwards of $100,000 in prize money.

Tickets are $20 per adult Friday and Saturday, and $15 per adult on Sunday, and kids 10 and under are free. Free Fair admission is also included with each paid ticket. In honor of Rodeo Day, a school holiday in Osceola County, all Osceola County students receive free admission to the Feb. 15 performance.

March 21-24 — the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo: For the fifth year, the PRCA’s second-biggest sanctioned competition rides into Osceola Heritage Park. The event features circuit champion rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from the PRCA’s 12 regional circuits in eight events over four days. Contestants will compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes, and the champion in each event receives a voucher toward a new Dodge Ram truck.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $12.50 for ages 3-12 and 2 and under are free. The March 21 evening performance is $10 with teachers, students 18 and under and college students free with ID. Premium seating is also available, and seniors age 55 and up receive $3 off per ticket.

The Country Thunder music festival will coincide with the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo from March 22-24.