(Miami, OK) – Coming off of an award winning year, Rodeo Miami 2012, presented by Vance Ford, is expected to be the largest ACRA rodeo event in the region.  The cowboys & cowgirls of the ACRA (American Cowboys Rodeo Association) selected Rodeo Miami as the 2010 and 2011 Rodeo of the Year.  “The team effort between the Fair Board, City of Miami and NEO A&M has resulted in producing one of the finest rodeo events in North America and the community partnership sets a great example for us all” said NEO A&M College President Dr. Jeff Hale.    

Through the teamwork and combined efforts of all organizations, the event continues to have 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 increase in visitor spending.  “This event brings a high amount of non-locals into our region and is great for the tourism industry”, says Amanda Davis, CVB Executive Director with the City of Miami. 

Businesses are encouraged to support Queen and Princess Contestants currently selling sponsorships, program ads and tickets.   The 2012 Rodeo Miami Queen will receive a $1500 NEO Rodeo Scholarship and a three slant horse trailer.  The 2012 Rodeo Miami Princess will receive a saddle.  Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Queen or Princess Contestants, at the Miami CVB Visitor Center (101 N. Main), or at Westco locations in Miami, Grove, Vinita, Neosho, MO and Columbus, KS.  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’ (ages 4-10) are $5 nightly in advance and at the gate.  Ages 3 and under are free. 

Last year, the event drew more than 10,000 spectators and nearly 400 contestants.  For 2012, the added money for each event has been increased.  Slack night will take place on Thursday, April 26.  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 end on south Main Street.  Gates at the Miami Fairgrounds will open at 5 p.m. and kids activities will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The rodeo performance will start at 7:30 p.m.   The Miss Rodeo Miami Queen & Princess will be crowned during the Friday night performance.  Following the rodeo on Friday night, a street dance will take place in the Expo Building at the Fairgrounds. 

Rodeo Miami 2012 will feature an Exceptional Rodeo for Exceptional Kids on Saturday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m.  For more information on this event for special kids, contact Kolby with the NEO Rodeo Department at 918.540.6480.  On Saturday night, gates open at 5 p.m. and kids activities start at 6:30 p.m.  Following the Rodeo, a concert will be held in the Fairgrounds Arena.  National recording artist Jason Savory will headline the concert.  Admission to the concert is included in the purchase of a rodeo ticket.  The specialty act, “Team Ghost Riders” will be a part of the Rodeo performance on Friday & Saturday. 

Three full days of activities and entertainment will surround this event.  Concessions will be available each night.  Limited vendor space is still available and can be reserved by calling the Miami CVB at 918-542-4435.