[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 116 (Tuesday, July 11, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN RECOGNITION OF THE 130TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST RODEO
HON. PAUL A. GOSAR
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Mr. GOSAR. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to commemorate the 130th
Anniversary of The World's Oldest Rodeo, Arizona's own Prescott Rodeo.
On 4th of July weekend, cowboys and spectators gathered as they have
every 4th of July weekend since 1888 to practice an art as old as
raising cattle itself.
Few sports can compete with rodeo as a test of reflex, skill and
practical ability. Tracing its origins to the Spanish vaquero, rodeo in
America grew from an Arizona-based cowboy competition into a
multimillion-dollar enterprise with hundreds of competitors.
Participants harness the spirit of ranchers in the American West,
combining raw athleticism with instinctive knowledge and frontier
This incredible event draws nearly 27,000 people per year and allows
Prescott Frontier Days, the event's organizer, to donate thousands of
dollars per year to several highly-regarded charities. Their dedicated
organization of committed volunteers is one of only sixteen ever to
have been inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
This storied event reflects so many of the values that make the
American West, and the American spirit more broadly, unique and
important. As we reflect on the 241st celebration of our nation's
independence, I am proud to applaud the great Americans of the Prescott
Rodeo and the tenacious character they embody.