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The 72nd Annual Rodeo Killeen


Giddy up Killeen! The 72nd Annual Rodeo Killeen is right around the corner! This year’s rodeo runs from Thursday, May 16th through Saturday the 18th at the Killeen Rodeo Grounds, with advance tickets on sale now. There will be bull riders, barrel racers, steer ropers, and much more! Each night will celebrate members of our community with free entry. Thursday will be Military Appreciation Night, Friday will be City of Killeen Employee Night, and Saturday will be Educators Night. Before the rodeo gets started, let’s take a look back at how rodeos as we know today got their start.

Rodeos trace their origin all the way back to ancient Mediterranean civilizations, which participated in bull jumping, bull riding, and bull wrestling. Rodeos got their start in America through Spanish settlers and ranchers in what now makes up the Southwest United States and Mexico. These events were eventually picked up by American cowboys, making their way into rodeos and Wild West Shows, the first major events being created by William F. Cody , also known as Buffalo Bill. Modern steer wrestling was invented by Bill Pickett , the only person able to claim sole credit for inventing a rodeo competition.

Rodeos began to spread throughout the country and the world in the early 20th century, with popular venues in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and even abroad in places like London, Cuba, and the Far East.

These days the United States is far and away the most popular place to attend rodeos, with athletes coming from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to compete. Professional rodeos are run by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The most common events today are calf roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, and steer wrestling, all of which are required in a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo.

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