Flagstaff Rodeo rolls into town and anticipates big surprises

Photo Courtesy of the Flagstaff Rodeo

As summer approaches the high desert, so does the sixth annual Flagstaff Pro Rodeo. Residents and visitors alike can join in on the live action of bull riding, mutton bustin', steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and more.

This Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event located at Fort Tuthil will include a live performance from Gethen Jenkins on Saturday at 9 p.m. after the events that evening. In addition, official rodeo sponsor One AZ Credit Union will be giving away prizes to the first 1,000 people at the Saturday performance.

To add to the excitement, the Flagstaff Rodeo is dedicating nights to different causes beginning with Suicide Prevention night on Thursday where it is encouraged for all attendees to wear purple or teal. Friday night is dedicated to First Responders and Saturday is Patriotic Night, so bring on the red, white and blue.

This year, two nights are in dedication to charities for suicide prevention and the Horses, Heroes and Hope nonprofit. The latter is an organization that provides equine-assisted therapy to active duty military, first responders and veterans. These charities are unique picks for a rodeo, as many professional rodeos host Tough Enough which dedicates a night to breast cancer awareness.

This uniqueness assisted in naming Flagstaff Pro Rodeo as one of the top five rodeos to attend in the 2018 edition of "Cowboys and Indians" magazine. Live music, afterparties and some serious competition make this rodeo a must-see.

As the precedent has been set, rodeo planners still intend to raise the bar in order to impress. President of Flagstaff Rodeo, Mike Hughes, believes this year's rodeo to hold surprises at "the level of the Superbowl." Hughes advised goers to especially look out for the opening ceremony before Saturday's events.

Ticketing for the rodeo is affordable and easy to access online at Flagstaff Rodeo. Tickets will also be available at the doors.

Gates open at 5 p.m. each night and events start at 7 p.m.