Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo in Arcadia FL

86th Annual Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo – The Grandaddy of them all! Celebrating 86 years of rodeo tradition. We are the oldest and largest rodeo in Florida. Many of the top PRCA cowboys will compete in our arena. Great family fun for all

Festival Genre:

County Fair, rodeo

Top events to see at the Arcadia Rodeo

  1. Bullriding,
  2. Bronco Riding,
  3. Barrel Racing,
  4. Mutton Bustin,
  5. Team Roping

Best words to describe Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo

Championship, Rodeo, Sports, Entertainment, Family

Address of the Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo festival

124 Heard Street
Arcadia, Florida, 34266
United States

Expected Attendance: 18,000-20,000


Festival / event start date

March 7, 2014 – March 9, 2014

Openings for vendors still available to purchase?: Yes – some spots open but vendors are prohibited from sales using the festival name

Referred By:

The Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo began back in the 1920s while the American Legion hoped to raise money to pay for a new building.  A businessman who was a member of the American Legion asked a rancher named Zeb Parker if a rodeo could raise money.  Zeb agreed it could be done and offered to furnish the stock free of charge.

In preparation for the Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo, special arrangements were made to bring in a group of Seminole Indians.  The American Legion and the Lion’s Club volunteered to sponsor a parade.  Two thousand Shriners were expected to march in the parade.  The Governor of Florida, Doyle E. Carlton, notified officials he would be attending the rodeo and the Wauchula band provided the music.  The first Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo was such a success that the American Legion was able to pay off the mortgage on the new building in four years .

During the early thirties (even though the local economy was devastated by the national depression) the Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo continued as people struggled to simply earn enough to afford the necessities of life.  During these years the rodeos were held in the Limestone Community of Desoto County, where the interest in rodeo was kept alive.

In 1938 at the urgings of his son (Billy Welles) and a friend (Gerald Taylor- a local rancher and businessman), Ed Welles agreed to promote and finance the rodeo.  The Arcadia rodeo became an annual event at the Welles’ arena until the sudden death of Ed Welles on June 11,1950.  However, the tradition of rodeo was so firmly entrenched in the hearts of so many Desoto Countians that on January 10, 1952, at a meeting of the Rotary Club, what would become the Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo, Inc. as we know it today was reactivated .

The rodeo continued at the Welles’ arena until 1959 when the arena was moved to its present location.  In 1973 the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Inc. joined the ranks of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Inc. has evolved from its pioneer beginnings (when competing cowboys and ranchers matched their skills for the entertainment of local audiences) to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation.  Cowboys who compete for purses and points are aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo: the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas.

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