‘Long Live the Dixie Roundup’; tickets on sale for 83rd annual rodeo

Rodeo royalty rides through the Dixie Sunbowl before the start of the Dixie Roundup Rodeo, St. George, Utah, September 15, 2016 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The 83rd annual St. George Lions Club Dixie Roundup Rodeo held in the historic Dixie Sunbowl kicks off three days of professional rodeo competition Thursday. Tickets go on sale Saturday at the St. George Lions Club building, 301 E. 100 South in St. George at 8 a.m.

This photo from 2013 shows the 79th annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo, Dixie Sunbowl, St. George, Utah, Sept. 12, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Dixie Roundup weekend is a time-honored tradition for many families living in Southern Utah and certainly for the St. George Lions Club, which has been part of the event since its inception. To that end, this year’s rodeo and surrounding events carry the theme “Long Live the Dixie Roundup.”

The rodeo will feature three nights of some of the best rodeo riding in the country as well as nationally recognized bullfighters and rodeo clowns. And there is something special about each night to draw in the crowds.

Thursday | Kids night

  • Thursday is kids night at the rodeo. General admission is free for children ages 11 and under Thursday night. Guests are encouraged to bring their families, buy a famous Lions Club hot dog and enjoy a fun night at the rodeo.

Friday | “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night

  • Guests are encouraged to wear pink to the rodeo Friday night to show their support for breast cancer research. One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Intermountain Healthcare Foundation breast cancer awareness program.

Read more: St. George Lions: Living legacies of service

Saturday | General parade and final night of the rodeo

  • Saturday marks the final day of rodeo weekend. The day will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. The parade route will go down Tabernacle Street between 200 West and 100 East. The final night of rodeo action will take place Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the 83rd annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo go on sale at the St. George Lions Club building Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue to be on sale Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tickets can also be purchased at the rodeo gates starting at 6 p.m. on each night of the rodeo.

The rodeo will take place at the storied Dixie Sunbowl, 150 S. 400 East in St. George. Gates will open at 6 p.m. nightly with entertainment until 7:15 p.m. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night and the rodeo action will start at 8 p.m.

Corey Navarre meets his match on a Bar T Rodeo bull during a previous Dixie Roundup, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy Bar T Rodeo company, St. George News

Event details

  • What: 83rd Annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo
  • When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-16 | Gates open at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies start at 7:30 p.m. each night.
  • Where: Dixie Sunbowl, 150 S. 400 East, St. George.
  • Cost: Reserved seating, $15 | General admission: Adults, $10, children (11 and under), $5, Toddlers and babies (2 and under) that can be held on a parents lap, free.
  • Purchase tickets:  Tickets can be purchased at the Lions Club building across from the Sunbowl, 301 E. 100 South, St. George. Operating hours are Sept. 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 11-16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the gates each night of the rodeo. Gates open at 6 p.m. nightly.

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  • Not_So_Much September 9, 2017 at 7:53 am

    This could not have been held at the county fairgrounds because _________________. Instead, serious money including city taxpayer funds, went for the needed improvements for this, so get out there and buy some extra tickets today.

  • mesaman September 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Now Hear This! All bunny huggers, Petars, and assorted vegans, prepare to protest in the usual uncoordinated way by waving little flags, dressing up in a halloween costume, and by letting those mean old cowboys know how you feel about their treatment of those dear old heifers.

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