The Indiantown Rodeo is back for its 68th year.
The rodeo, held at the Timer Powers Park arena, will take place Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m. The annual occasion is one of the qualifiers for the national rodeo finals in Las Vegas. Events, which start at 7:30 p.m., include bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
Hilary McKeich, from the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, said one of the main reasons the chamber hosts the event is for Indiantown exposure.
“We picked an event that fits the agriculture needs and the history of Indiantown, and it has national coverage,” she said.
This nationally recognized event draws contestants as far west as Washington and spectators from as far as Germany and Sweden.
McKeich said this year is a little different than last year because for the first time in 68 years, the rodeo is undercover. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners approved the $2.4 million improvement to the one-acre space last year.
“I’ve had to be really good all year long to get good weather,” she said. “Hopefully this year I don’t have to be as good.”
Although spectators are mainly spectators (meaning they cannot participate in the events), there will be a kids’ section with face painting, a mechanical bull, lasso practice and a boot scramble. Despite the boot scramble taking place in the arena, no animals will be present during that time.
There have been sell-out crowds (upwards of 8,000 attendees over the two days) for the last four years, and McKeich anticipates the same to attend this year. And much to her surprise, Seacoast Bank (the presenting sponsor) has already sold more tickets than this time last year.
She did say same-day tickets at the gates would still be available.
A one-day pass from Seacoast Bank locations in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties are $15. Gate tickets are $18. For the record, ticketholders will not go home empty-handed because on the back of each ticket is a buy one, get one meal from Sonny’s BBQ.
So if you are looking to go to this year’s Indiantown Rodeo, get to a Seacoast Bank location before time – and tickets – run out. Learn more at www.indiantownrodeo.com.