Osage County hosts the Cavalcade — the 'World's Largest Amateur Rodeo'

PAWHUSKA, Okla. - Hundreds turned out Wednesday evening in the Osage County Fairgrounds grand stands to watch the Grand Entry, a parade of horses and their riders and horse-drawn wagons.

The event is one of many featured in the week long 66 th Annual International Roundup Clubs Cavalcade, which some call "World's Largest Amateur Rodeo," three miles south of Pawhuska.

According to Cavalcade officials, this year competing in the event's ten rodeo performances — two shows daily — are 875 contestants from riding and roundup clubs from all over the country.

The rodeo shows which began Tuesday and — starting from Wednesday— will continue daily with a 9 a.m. and a 7 p.m. show until the final performance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Saturday will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. through downtown Pawhuska featuring the Cavalcade's contestants and more than 100 roundup and riding clubs. Each night features a dance with live music at the fairgrounds, as well.

Among the Cavalcade's events are the Queen Contest, bareback riding, bull riding, a chuck wagon race, a pony express race, wild cow milking, wild horse racing, barrel racing, calf roping, flag races and pole bending.

According to show officials, the Cavalcade is an event "dedicated to perpetuation of the spirit of the old West and the preservation of American ideals."

For more information on the Cavalcade, click here .

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