The Itinerary: It Ain’t Their First Rodeo in Springdale

Taking your wagon train to the 75th Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale this month? Here’s how to grab the bull by the horns while you’re there

Tuesday, 6/25

5:00 p.m. • See a rodeo in its most raw form at the Rodeo “Slack”

Due to the sheer number of athletes who toss their hats into the rodeo’s ring, the four-day competition can’t accommodate everyone. Enter the Rodeo “Slack”: a pure form of the event that gives overflow performers their time to shine in the ring. Though it lacks the lights, announcer, concessions and music, it’s got all the excitement, and all the heart, of the real deal.


Wednesday, 6/26

11:30 a.m. Travel through time at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The pioneer community of Shiloh gave rise to the modern community we know now as Springdale in 1878, and for the past 90 years, this museum has been dedicated to preserving the history of the area and the Ozarks at large. Pro tip: Be sure to check out the museum’s online exhibit about the Rodeo of the Ozarks’ storied history. (shilohmuseum.org)

3:00 p.m. Soak up some sun at Lake Fayetteville

Disc golf? Nature trail? Fishing? You can do it all here!

6:30 p.m. • Overload on cuteness at the Mutton Bustin’ competition

Have you ever witnessed a 5-year-old riding a sheep out of a bucking chute? It’s about as adorable as you can imagine.


Thursday, 6/27

Noon • Taco ‘bout it at Taqueria Guanajuato

Springdale is positively overflowing with fantastic taquerias, but we have to put Taqueria Guanajuato at the top of the list. This authentic Mexican joint has all our favorites—tamales, horchata, tacos of every variety—every one of them mouthwateringly delicious and affordable. (Search Taqueria Guanajuato on Facebook)

5:30 p.m. • Have a cold one at Core Brewing (facebook.com/coreofarkansas)


Friday, 6/28

9:00 a.m. • Marvel at the exceptional equestrians of the Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks Horsemanship Competition

5:00 p.m. • Take to the skies with a FlyARH helicopter tour

See downtown Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, or Beaver Lake and Crystal Bridges from on high. Or see them all with the three-in-one Ultimate Experience flight. (flyarh.com)


Saturday, 6/29

9:00 a.m. • Tip your hat to cowgirl fashion at the Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks Style Competition at Cavender’s Western Outfitter in Rogers

3:00 p.m. • Line up for the 75th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Parade

There will be a marching band, clowns and horses galore. But most importantly, candy! You’ll definitely want to bring the kiddos to this one.


And, Of Course, Don’t Miss the Main Event

Because “it’s the ropes and the reins and the joy and the pain, and they call the thing a rodeo.”

Wednesday-Saturday, 6/26-29

6:00 p.m. Gates open

6:30 p.m Mutton Bustin’ begins

7 p.m. Grand Entry

7:30 p.m. Rodeo starts

For a full list of events, visit rodeooftheozarks.org