About this year’s Rodeo of Champions

The 80th  annual Elk City Rodeo of Champions will be held August 31-September 1-2, 2018. 

This rodeo, which entertains 14,000 people each year, is more than just a rodeo competition.  It’s a celebration of the western lifestyle.

Some of the best rodeo talent in the world competes in Elk City each year, like world champions JW Harris (bull riding champ in 2008-2010 and 2013), Will Lowe (bareback riding champ in 2003, 2005-2006), Taos Muncy (saddle bronc riding champ in 2007 and 2011), Fallon Taylor (barrel racing champ in 2014).  National Finals Rodeo qualifiers also flock to Elk City, including Cody DeMoss, Corey Navarre, Winn Ratliff, Tim O’Connell, Jerome Schneeberger, Cody Taton, Brett Stall, and so many more. Last year, nearly 300 cowboys and cowgirls competed in Elk City for nearly $64,000 in prize money

Tickets for the rodeo go on sale in mid-August.  Ticket outlets are Circle A Western Wear (580-225-7363), and Doug Gray Dodge (580-225-3005). They can also be purchased at the gate. 

Entertaining at the 2018 rodeo will be rodeo clown Justin Rumford.  Chuck Swisher, Dover, Okla.,  and Weston Rutkowski, Cleburne, Texas are bullfighters for the rodeo.

Wayne Brooks, Lampasas, Texas, will call the play by play action.  This will be his ninth year in Elk City.

The bucking horses and bulls are provided by Beutler and Son Rodeo. The Beutler family has been bringing their livestock to town since the rodeo started in 1929. 

With $40,000 in purse money, the Rodeo of Champions is the third largest rodeo in the state, only behind Guymon and Lawton.  The high amount of money to be won attracts champion contestants, which makes for a great show for fans.

The Rodeo of Champions is proud to have Doug Gray Dodge as its title sponsor.  Doug Gray has been a loyal supporter of the rodeo, and nationwide, Ram Rodeo has been a part of PRCA rodeos for 30 years. 

Be tough and wear pink on Sun., September 2 for the rodeo’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink night! Show your support of those who have fought breast cancer by buying something pink from the local American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life chapter. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

There’s more than just rodeo on Labor Day weekend.  There’s a parade on Saturday, September 1 at 2 pm, and the Elk City Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of western-themed activities. All Chamber activities are free.