The ‘Great American Stampede’ thunders into Cedar City

Horses running at an event, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News

CEDAR CITY —  One of Cedar City’s most popular festivals returns as the Cedar City Lions Club and Southern Utah University Rodeo Team celebrate Utah’s Western heritage with the 14th annual “Great American Stampede Rodeo” Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. in the Iron Rangers Arena at the Cross Hollow Events Center, 11 N. Cross Hollow Drive, Cedar City.

Trick rider stands on a horse, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News
Trick rider stands on a horse, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News

The “Great American Stampede” is the first of 10 regional rodeos in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Southern Utah University rodeo team coach Shane Flanigan said that collegiate rodeo teams across the region will be competing, including SUU, Dixie State University, Snow College, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Utah State University, Idaho State University, College of Southern Idaho, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado Northwest Community College, plus independent competitors from various colleges and universities.

We expect to see some great talent at this rodeo,” Flanigan said. “These athletes are really dedicated to their sport and are determined to do their schools proud.”

The Iron Rangers Arena at the Cross Hollow Event Center will be the sight of bull riding, bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, calf roping and more starting at 7 p.m. both nights.

Two world-famous specialty acts will be featured both nights with the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls and the Diamond Z Shire Hitch.

Flyer for the "Great American Stampede" | Image courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News
Flyer for the “Great American Stampede” | Image courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News

The world-famous Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls’ trick riding and roping skills are impressive, a release on the event said. They were invited by the Queen of England to perform at the Queen Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth was on the edge of her seat, grinning with a huge smile while watching the talented girls perform, the release said.

The Diamond Z English Shire hitch performs internationally with the tallest and most elegant draft horses trained by Chis Home.

From laugh out loud comedy to extreme riding, the horses are the stars and you’ll see cowboys and cowgirls accomplish the impossible!

Trick rider performs a dive while riding on a horse, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News
Trick rider performs a dive while riding on a horse, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek Radio, St. George News

Get more information on Facebook by liking the “Great American Stampede.”

The event is sponsored by the Cedar City Lions Club and SUU Rodeo Team, presented by Cherry Creek Radio and Coca-Cola Co. and sponsored by many local businesses.

Event details

  • What: “Great American Stampede”
  • When: Sept. 11-12, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Iron Rangers Arena at the Cross Hollow Events Center, 11 N. Cross Hollow Drive, Cedar City
  • Tickets: adults $10, children $6, family pass $30
  • Contact: Bryan Komarek at 435-590-3056 or by email
  • “Great American Stampede” Facebook

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