HOME OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST RODEO

HISTORY OF THE PRESCOTT RODEO GROUNDS

“Depression era work programs led to many improvements to a 40 acre parcel of land  known in the 1930s as the "Northern Arizona State Fairgrounds" - but now known as the "Prescott Rodeo Grounds".  Back then, it was used for various events, including the Prescott Frontier Days® celebration, the Smoki dances and other community gatherings.  The grounds were improved under "The New Deal" legislation with the addition of several structures, including the rodeo grandstands, administration buildings, an infirmary, bakery, kitchen/mess hall, barracks and 2 wells.  Some of these structures remain today, including 2 rock buildings known as the Doc Pardee and Freeman buildings and the Mackin building, and of course the rodeo grandstands where avid fans annually take in "The World's Oldest Rodeo®". 

Today, the City of Prescott owned rodeo grounds are managed by Prescott Frontier Days® , Inc.  This organization annually sponsors the World's Oldest Rodeo®, Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc., the Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Dances, and the Trail Ride.

Additional events that are held annually at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds include the popular Cowboy Collectors Gathering antique show, Yavapai Fair, AZ High School and Jr. Rodeos, several larger ropings, Olsen's Equifest, and now the Prescott Antique Show and Vintage Market.