Fi­es­taDays Rodeoto cel­e­brate 75years

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ce­cile Peay

The Fi­esta Days Rodeo is cel­e­brat­ing its 75th an­niver­sary in 2017. This rodeo just keeps get­ting bet­ter.

The Di­a­mond Fork Rid­ing Club was in­stru­men­tal in start­ing the Fi­esta Days Rodeo, and in the mid-1980s it part­nered with Span­ish Fork City. This part­ner­ship went on to pro­duce one of the best rodeos in the world.

The 2017 Fi­esta Days Rodeo will be­gin on Thurs­day, July 20, and con­tinue on Fri­day, Satur­day and Mon­day, July 21, 22 and 24. Those in­ter­ested should get tick­ets early as the rodeo has drawn a sell­out crowd for 44 con­sec­u­tive rodeos. Rodeo tick­ets are avail­able at SFc­i­tytix.com.

This year, the rodeo is join­ing the Pro­fes­sional Rodeo Cow­boys As­so­ci­a­tion as

a “Gold Tour” rodeo. There were only seven Gold Tour Rodeos last year in all of the PRCA. The tour rodeos are des­ig­nated Gold or Sil­ver Tour rodeos based on the com­mit­tee-added purse money per event. This gives the con­tes­tants an added in­cen­tive to com­pete in the Fi­esta Days Rodeo and the show con­tin­ues to draw the best.

In 2016, the Fi­esta Days Rodeo re­ceived sev­eral pres­ti­gious awards in­clud­ing “The Best Large Rodeo in the Wilder­ness Cir­cuit” and “The Best Large Rodeo Award” given by the Women’s Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion. At the Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo Awards Ban­quet, the Fi­esta Days Rodeo was awarded the “Po­laris Ranger Re­muda Awards - PRCA Stock Con­trac­tor & PRCA Rodeo Com­mit­tee.” This award goes to the stock con­trac­tor with the best breed­ing pro­gram, who goes the ex­tra mile for the con­tes­tants, and who works with the next gen­er­a­tion. The PRCA Rodeo Com­mit­tee Rodeo Award goes to the rodeo com­mit­tee that goes above and be­yond get­ting the best stock for its rodeo.

In Au­gust, the Span­ish Fork Fi­esta Days Rodeo was in­ducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fi­esta Days is the only rodeo in Utah to have re­ceived this honor and joins just 23 other rodeos in the Hall of Fame.

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