Gunlock set to hold 73rd annual rodeo following 4th of July festivities

File photo, Gunlock, Utah, July 1, 2016 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

GUNLOCK – Since 1945, the Gunlock Rodeo has been entertaining guests both young and old with wild rodeo action featuring contestants from throughout the western United States, and this year’s show, running July 5-7, will be no exception.

For the full patriotic experience, take the whole family over for Independence Day activities starting at 8 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony at the Town Hall, followed by a breakfast and parade. Then stick around and see some of the sights or come back Thursday for the first day of the rodeo, which starts at 8 p.m.

Besides calf roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing and team roping, there will be Gunlock’s unique donkey-watermelon race. The littlest cowboys and girls can ride a calf and participate in the chicken chase.

Low gate fees – just $5, with children 5 and under getting in free – make it possible for the whole family to enjoy a cool evening under the shade of ancient cottonwoods.

Dinner will be available for purchase at concessions. Friday is “Steak ‘n’ Taters night.”

Event details

  • What: Gunlock Rodeo.
  • When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 5-7, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Gunlock Rodeo Grounds, 77 N. Main St., Gunlock.
  • Cost: $5; concessions vary in price.
  • Additional information: Most of the seating is cement. Attendees are encouraged to bring stadium seats, blankets or padding to sit on.

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1 Comment

  • hiker75 July 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Why the heck have a rodeo during the hottest time of the year! Poor animals, participants and spectators.

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