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The Silver Spurs Rodeo: An Osceola County Tradition

Posted by Liz Stemm on Jun 7, 2014 10:03:00 AM

 

The Silver Spurs Rodeo, billed as the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, has been around since 1944 and is a long standing tradition for the local residents of Osceola County. The original rodeo, started by the Silver Spurs Riding Club, was a small rodeo that focused on horseback riding but grew into much more by the 1950s. In 1949 the club purchased the land on Highway 192 and built the original arena that consisted of a stadium, stands, and a concession area. 

Silver Spurs Rodeo

In the late 1980s the rodeo grew to be one of the fifty largest rodeos in the United States and was named the Official State Rodeo of Florida in 1994. In 2003, the original arena was torn down and new indoor stadium was built in its place. The current Silver Spurs Arena is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the semi-annual rodeo events among other things.  

history of silver spurs rodeo

Today, you can see bull riding, quadrille, steer wrestling and much more at the rodeo. So grab your cowboy boots and hat and come on down for some fun while it lasts. The last event this weekend takes place today, June 7th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and FREE for children 10 and under, more information here. Make sure to stop by and see us at the Osceola County Historical Society table!


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