I went to my very first rodeo this week! The a brand new rodeo arena was just recently completed right in our neighborhood, and Garrett and I were able to get free tickets to the inaugural event through our church. So we ditched the kids with the grandparents and made it a date night.
Before the rodeo, they dedicated the arena with the usual Salt Lake City fanfare– the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang and a prominent leader from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was there to give the dedicatory prayer. Nothing happens in this city without a blessing!
The arena was built specifically for the Days of 47 Rodeo. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Days of 47, they’re kind of a big deal here in Utah. We have our own state holiday to celebrate the pioneers founding Utah in 1847– July 24th, Pioneer Day– and the Days of 47 is Salt Lake City’s multi day, multi event celebration of Pioneer Day.
The rodeo itself was a blast. I liked it so much, in fact, that I went back the second night with William. We didn’t buy tickets that time either– I knew his attention span wouldn’t make it worth the money. But they don’t check tickets after halftime, so we wandered around the fairgrounds for the first half of the rodeo and then went into the arena for the second half to see the barrel racing, bull riding, and fireworks.
Now that I’ve discovered the exciting world of rodeos, I’m definitely going to make this one a yearly tradition for our family!