(Miami, OK) – Coming off of an award winning year, Rodeo Miami 2011, presented by Vance Ford, is expected to be the largest ACRA event in the region.  The cowboys & cowgirls of the ACRA (American Cowboys Rodeo Association) selected Rodeo Miami as the Rodeo of the Year and the New Rodeo of the Year.  Receiving both awards in one year has brought national attention to this event.   


“Miami is a Rodeo Community”, says Bobby Carder, Rodeo Miami Chairman.  “Being part of the organizational committee to bring back this event was important to me.  A lot of hard work went into making this successful.  Seeing the grandstands completely full on Saturday spoke volumes.  The regional area responded.  The hard work was worth it”, Carder added.   


In 2010, a committee was organized by the Ottawa County Fair Board, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and the City of Miami to bring back a Rodeo.  Through the teamwork and combined efforts of all three organizations, the event had a substantial economic impact on the community.  The Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau reported Rodeo Miami as one of the top events having produced a significant number of hotel stays.  “The Rodeo Announcer, whom had previously been involved in Miami Rodeo’s for years told the committee that Rodeo Miami 2010 surpassed a record attendance that was set nearly 50 years ago”, says Amanda Davis, CVB Director with the City of Miami.  “Even with unstable weather, there was standing room only on Saturday night.”  Last year, the event drew nearly 400 contestants.  To help with the number anticipated for 2011, a slack night will be added to the schedule.  It will take place on Thursday, April 28th.  Admission is $5 at the gate for all ages on Thursday.  


Friday’s activities will begin with a Rodeo Parade at 5 p.m.  It will start at Vance Ford and come to an end at the fairgrounds.  Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. for kids.  The Rodeo performance will start at 7:30 p.m.   Gates at the Miami Fairgrounds will open nightly at 5 p.m.  Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Queen & Princess Contestants, at the Miami CVB Visitor Center (101 N. Main), or at any area Westco location.  Advanced tickets are $10 nightly for adults or $15 for both nights.  At the gate, a one-day ticket will be sold for $12 for adults.  Tickets for kids’ (10 & Under) are $5 nightly in advance and at the gate. 


Rodeo Miami 2011 will feature an Exceptional Rodeo for Exceptional Kids on Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m.  For more information on this event for special kids, contact Kolby with the NEO Rodeo Department at 918.540.6480.


On Saturday night, activities start at 6:30 p.m.  Following the Rodeo, a concert will be held in the Fairgrounds Arena.  National recording artist Josh Gracin will headline the concert.  A Michigan native who grew up listening to country and R&B music, Gracin auditioned for Idol (placing fourth on season two) while serving in the Marine Corps. Following his run on American Idol and the completion of his military service, he signed with Lyric Street Records and released his self-titled debut album in June 2004. The album was RIAA-certified gold and spawned three top five singles—“I Want to Live,” “Stay With Me (Brass Bed),” and the No. 1 hit “Nothin’ to Lose.”  Gracin’s highly-anticipated sophomore effort, We Weren’t Crazy, was released in 2008 and delivered title track, “We Weren’t Crazy”.  Admission to the concert is included in the purchase of a rodeo ticket. 


Businesses are encouraged to support Queen and Princess Contestants currently selling sponsorships, program ads and tickets.   The 2011 Rodeo Miami Queen will receive a $1500 NEO Rodeo Scholarship and a three slant horse trailer.  The 2011 Rodeo Miami Princess will receive a saddle.  The crowing of the Queen & Princess will take place during Friday’s Rodeo performance. 

Back by popular demand, the One-Arm Bandit Show will be a part of the Rodeo performance on Friday & Saturday.  New to Rodeo Miami 2011 is “Gizmo” the clown, who has been entertaining rodeo crowds across the country for over a decade.  These special performances are being presented by Buffalo Run Casino and GRDA.


Three full days of activities and entertainment will surround this event.  An increase in quality family events for the regional area is something Miami’s City Manager Huey P. Long says is to come.  “Rodeo Miami is an example of a community partnership that furthers the vision of the City of Miami.  We have a quality venue at the Miami Fairgrounds and we will continue to utilize it and work to add more events for the enjoyment of our citizens” Long said. 


Concessions will be available each night.  Vendor space is available and can be reserved by calling the Miami CVB at 918-542-4435. 

For more information about this event, please contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Additional media information is available upon request.