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  • Arcadia Florida Rodeo

    If you snowbird in this part of Florida and have ever considered attending the Arcadia rodeo, you should do it. We did, and we really enjoyed it despite the fact that we are city folk and know nothing about rodeos.

    Two things you absolutely need to know. Reserved seats are bleachers with numbers on the boards. Boards are hard. Bring a stadium cushion.

    Close in parking is minimal. Come really early if you do not want to walk. There are lots of vendors selling food, drink and other merchandise to occupy the time. Leave early if you want to avoid a huge traffic jam. Most all of the roads are only two lane.

    We came just as the rodeo events themselves started, walked a little far, left a little early, and still had a great time. I was back at the RV park having a cold one right about the time the rodeo ended.

    Final thoughts, I guess not many participate in bull riding anymore. It's a three day event and apparently bull riding was only done on day one. So if you want to see bull riding call ahead. There are also "Premium Plus" sections. We did not inquire as to whether or not those were bleacher style or not. I am guessing they are. The VIP sections seem to be limited to guests of the sponsors and probably are not available to the public.
    Last edited by GlacierBayFiver; 03-09-2014, 06:53 PM.

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    I've been to rodeos in Cody and Cheyenne, WY, don't know how they stack up to FL rodeos.

    There was plenty of bull riding and there was a whole segment of young, and I mean young, cowboys and girls roping and riding.

    I noticed there were also, a lot of crippled limping older cowboys that had hung up their saddles and were just spectating.
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      [QUOTE=amerfinn;184758]I've been to rodeos in Cody and Cheyenne, WY, don't know how they stack up to FL rodeos.

      The participants were mainly from Texas and other states. A number were "world ranked". Even ranked 16th. in the world says something. Given that they have to travel and pay their entry fees of over a $100 per event, this must be considered pretty worthwhile. But I would have to guess Wyoming rodeos are on a much larger scale.


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        We have attended a few over the years mostly in NC. Really enjoyed the experience.

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        • #5
          Been There

          Went to it two years in a row, first time ever that I went to a rodeo on year one and really enjoyed it. I will go to anything once and went to that twice so you know I enjoyed it. Really enjoyed seeing the young kids doing what the grown ups do.
          But I guess I wore my wife out, she is done with rodeo's!
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