USA Today is currently voting on their 10 Best of everything in the country and when it comes to Rodeos, Texas takes the top spot! The voting is still happening for lots of different categories but a few have selected winners already, and you know the winners for Best Rodeo are gonna favor the Southwest pretty heavily.

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The Top 10!

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Ellensburg

  • 10. Ellensburg Rodeo, Washington
  • 9. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros - Tucson, AZ
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Since its establishment in 1925, the Tucson Rodeo, also known as La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, has blossomed into a nine-day celebration. Attendees can witness current and former PRCA cowboys and cowgirls from across the U.S. and Canada showcasing their talents in various events. Adding to the excitement, there's the world’s longest non-motorized parade, making it an event packed with Wild West charm and exhilaration!

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  • 8. The Reno Rodeo - Reno, NV
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Reno Rodeo

The Reno Rodeo proudly boasts itself as the “wildest, richest rodeo in the West” – and boy, do they live up to it! With a whopping 140,000 folks flocking to witness the fourth-richest PRCA tour rodeo, you know you're in for a wild ride! But wait, there's more! Amidst all the bull-riding excitement, festivalgoers can also indulge in the quirky charm of mutton bustin' and let loose at the rodeo carnival. It's a hoedown you won't want to miss!

  • 7. The Worlds Oldest Rodeo - Prescott, AZ
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Worlds Oldest Rodeo!

Get ready to saddle up for some serious fun at the World's Oldest Rodeo, part of the legendary Prescott Frontier Days! This Fourth of July Weekend tradition has been lassoing in the crowds since way back in 1888. From wild horse racing to barrel racing, and everything in between like steer wrestling and bull riding, this rodeo has it all. Plus, there are specialty performances that'll have you cheering for more. It's a rip-roaring good time you won't find anywhere else!

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  • 6. The Snowmass Rodeo - Snowmass Village, CO
  • 5. The Arizona Invitational Black Rodeo - Scottsdale, AZ
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Arizona Invitational

The Arizona Invitational Black Rodeo blends thrilling spectator events with a celebration of African American heritage and culture. Featuring more than 100 cowpokes competing in activities such as bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing, it's a spectacle not to be missed. Additionally, the rodeo offers family-friendly attractions like pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo, making it an enjoyable outing for all ages.

  • 4. The Pendleton Roundup - Pendleton, OR
  • 3. The Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo - Davie, FL
  • 2. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo National Finals - Upper Marlboro, MD

#1: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Houston, TX

This is a composite of 5 to 7 pictures that I took with a Panasonic FZ5. They were stitched using ArcSoft Panorama Maker 3.5.0.98, post-processing with The GIMP 2.2.8. Photos taken from section 322, row Q, seats 5-6, on 2006-03-04 15:45. At the far side of the shot, you can make out the rotating stage that is brought to the center of the stadium for the concert. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=673262
This is a composite of 5 to 7 pictures that I took with a Panasonic FZ5. They were stitched using ArcSoft Panorama Maker 3.5.0.98, post-processing with The GIMP 2.2.8. Photos taken from section 322, row Q, seats 5-6, on 2006-03-04 15:45. At the far side of the shot, you can make out the rotating stage that is brought to the center of the stadium for the concert. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=673262
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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

When it comes to rodeos, Texas reigns supreme, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is no exception! Hosting the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series with a jaw-dropping payout exceeding $2 million, it's clear why it's considered the pinnacle of rodeo events. With over 300 competitors vying for glory in front of massive crowds, the excitement is palpable. And that's not all—the event boasts a lineup of horse shows, livestock exhibitions, a thrilling calf scramble, lively auctions, scenic trail rides, and even a sizzling BBQ contest. It's a true Texan extravaganza that showcases the Lone Star State's unrivaled spirit and hospitality!

10 of the Best Rodeo's to Visit Each Year in Texas

If you want to go to a real rodeo here are 10 of the best you can visit within the state of Texas! (Photos used below are not from the specific events)

Gallery Credit: Billy Jenkins

National High School Finals Rodeo-Finals

National High School Finals Rodeo-Finals

Gallery Credit: Dee Welsch

Big Piney Rodeo-2024

Big Piney Rodeo-2024

Gallery Credit: Sadie Snively