7 Reasons Why We Love the Days of ‘47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo
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Utah is coming up on the Days of 47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, commemorating the rich history and the western spirit once held by the land’s forefathers and is often referred to as the “Cowboy Olympics”. The event will be held at the beautifully built Days of ’47 Arena at State Fair Park which can accommodate up to 10,000 fans! RIDE TV will be front and center, providing you with LIVE coverage of the show from July 19-21 & 23 at 10 p.m. EST! Let’s explore the seven reasons why this masterful rodeo is so special…
1. The Medals: Why is it called the “Cowboy Olympics”, you may ask? Well, the top contestants will be presented with bronze, silver and gold medals, just like in the Olympic games (but at Days of ’47, all games are Cowboy Games). Some of the events you can bet on seeing include steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, saddle bronc riding, and many more! The winner in each different event will receive cash prizes of $50,000, as well as a “Cowboy Games” Gold medal. Competition will be fierce out there!
2. The Arena: The event itself is so large that a stadium (worth about $17.5 million) had to be built to hold the many spectators and competitors! With 10,000 seats in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, it is destined to be an amazing experience!
3. The Tradition: So, why is the rodeo so important? Well, the Days of ’47 rodeo is a special tradition and has been celebrating the Utah heritage since 1857. The rodeo commemorates the day of July 24, 1847 – the day when Mormon pioneers entered the Great Salt Valley.
4. The Family Atmosphere: The rodeo itself will begin at 8 p.m., but families are able to come as early as 4 p.m.to enjoy fun attractions before the rodeo begins, such as mechanical bull rides, petting zoos, mutton busting, and more! A free country music stage will be provided throughout the event, as well.
5. The BBQ: Not only will some of the greatest riders be present at the rodeo, but also, some of the best BBQ joints in Utah will be showcasing their delicious menu (maybe in hopes of a gold medal, too?). It is said you should bring a bib… the ribs are yummy, but messy, as well!
6. The Theme Nights: Every night of the rodeo celebration, which will be from July 19-24, there is a “theme” to be discovered! Thursday, July 29th is “Cancer Awareness” night, as the Days of ’47 rodeo has partnered with local Intermountain Healthcare to spread knowledge about preventative measures. Friday, July 20th, is “family night”, although every night is suitable for both kids and adults! Saturday, July 21st, has no theme, so create your own, making it date night or girls’ night out! Sunday the 22nd will be “Hispanic Heritage” night, as many Hispanic traditions have impacted the rodeo. On Monday, July 23rd, the night will salute our troops and soldiers, offering ½ priced tickets for those who have served. And last but not least, Tuesday, July 24th will remember the Mormon pioneers with the “Pioneer Day” theme.
7. The Events: The eight disciplines that you will see at the Days of ’47 rodeo include saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, headers/heelers team roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and bull riding. With these events, there won’t be a dull moment!
As you can see, this historical rodeo event will be filled with intense arena events, family fun, and truck loads of BBQ! RIDE TV wouldn’t miss this for the world and we don’t want you to, either. That’s why we are bringing LIVE coverage of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo to you from July 19-21 & 23 at 10 p.m. each night, ONLY on RIDE TV and RIDE TV GO! Tune in, sit back and enjoy this western, Olympic event with us!
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