2017 marks the 41th ANNUAL Dodge City Roundup PRCA rodeo! Many of the volunteers you see working at our rodeo have been there since its inception.
Dodge City Roundup, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to promote our Western Heritage through rodeos, horse shows, roping contests, and related activities. These activities appeal to participants of all ages and an audience that reflects today's active lifestyle.
At its inception (Summer 1977), Dodge City Roundup had 175 contestants with a payout of $8,200. In 2015, the rodeo had grown to five full nights of rodeo action with nearly 800 contestants competing at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, and a payout of almost $339,000! It is the only Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Rodeo held in the state of Kansas, and the richest in contestant payout.
Dodge City Roundup, Inc. is home to one of the nation's oldest and longest running Little Britches Rodeos, attracting contestants and their families from nearly a dozen states. The Miss Rodeo Kansas Queen and Teen Pageants calls Dodge City Roundup their home as well. The Dodge City Roundup High School Rodeo draws participants from across the state to the arena for the high school rodeo competition. The Kansas Professional Rodeo Association's finals are held at Roundup Arena in September.
The PRCA rodeo is held during Dodge City Days, a ten-day community and area-wide event, taking place each year in late July and early August. Our Dodge City Days event is the second largest community event held in the entire state of Kansas! To kick off Dodge City Days, the Roundup Arena is transformed to an outdoor concert venue for the annual Dodge City Days Concert, packing in over 6,000 music-hungry fans. Then just a few nights later, the arena is packed with championship cowboys and cowgirls cheered on by the greatest rodeo fans.
Dodge City Roundup is able to present one of the top rodeos in the nation in partnership with many local, area, and national sponsors.
Dodge City Roundup PRCA Rodeo has been named the PRCA's "Large Outdoor Rodeo Committee of the Year" an unprecedented nine times! The Dodge City Roundup Rodeo was selected by Time Magazine as one of the"50 Authentic American Experiences". This selection is limited to one "experience" for each of the fifty (50) United States.
In July of 2012, Dodge City Roundup Rodeo was inducted into PRCA Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame!