Saddle Up the Kids for the Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo
About 5 year(s) ago by WorldQuest Orlando Resort
When you think of animals commonly found in Florida, you likely think of alligators, manatees, and lizards. However, Florida has a rich history of cattle production, particularly in the Kissimmee region. In fact, the nickname of the local high school’s athletic teams is The Kowboys, spelled with a “k” presumably to honor the city. If you drive just off the main thoroughfares in the area, you can still see cattle farms amongst the ever-expanding commercial development.
The Kissimmee Sports Arena holds a rodeo monthly on Saturday nights, with the next one scheduled for August 25th. The event celebrates the area’s rich cattle raising history, which dates back to the 1700s when newly arrived settlers came upon wild cows descended from cattle left by Spanish explorers two hundred years earlier. All shows start at 7:00 p.m. and feature barrel racing, breakaway roping, bronco riding, calf scramble, team roping, and tie-down roping. The concession stand offers hamburgers/cheeseburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, and chicken sandwiches, as well as nachos, fries chips, and sweets. Soft drinks and adult beverages are also available.
The Kissimmee Sports Arena is located at 1010 Suhl Road, just off of Hoagland Rd., a mile south of US Route 192/Irlo Bronson Highway.