So today, I’m taking you to our next stop on the Iowa rodeo trail – Edgewood Pro Rodeo Days! For those of you not familiar with Edgewood, it is about an hour north of where I live and it is a pretty big deal for the town. Truth be told, I had always heard about Edgewood but had never taken the time to go – until now! Let’s jump into what Edgewood is all about, shall we?
Here’s a little background on the rodeo itself:
THE FIRST EDGEWOOD PRO RODEO WAS IN 1989.
IT WAS FIRST HELD AT THE TOWN GRAIN ELEVATOR.
IT THEN TRANSITIONED TO THE TOWN FOOTBALL FIELD.
THE RODEO GROUNDS WERE DONATED IN 1992.
EDGEWOOD HAS A POPULATION OF 900 PEOPLE
THE RODEO DAYS CELEBRATION BRINGS IN OVER 12000
RESIDENTS SAY THE RODEO IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN FOR THE TOWN
After spending my Friday night at the Edgewood rodeo grounds, I understand why everyone loves it. When we pulled into town, there was one main drag – one left turn and there are the rodeo grounds – right in the middle of town. Cars were packed in every parking lot around town, and you knew no one was missing the performance.
When I went to pick up my media pass to get behind the chutes, the director told me it would be taped on the door of the Chamber of Commerce. Sure enough, it was there – a notecard with “Edgewood Rodeo Days Photographer” written in black Sharpie. On the other side “Approved by Taylor” was written in pen. They let me in, no questions asked – best crew ever, and they saved themselves money on an official badge!
When we got through the gates, it opened up to a bunch of food tents hosted by the local 4H club and other local businesses plus a few activities for the kids. Walk a little further and you see the stage set up in a pavilion, a beer tent and even more activities. I felt like I was at the county fair, but this was all in celebration of Edgewood Rodeo Days. Right on.
Besides the obvious rodeo talent they were packing behind the chutes from Three Hills Rodeo and the PRCA, they had a handful of awesome acts as well. There was an act almost every event, and as someone who has seen a lot of rodeo acts in her time at the arena – they were all fantastic. Even with the constant entertainment, they wrapped things up clean in two-and-a-half hours with fireworks to finish.
I think what’s so unique about Edgewood is watching an entire town, plus multiple others coming out to support an event that means so much to us cowboys and cowgirls. You can put on the most dazzling performance filled with perfect production, draw 70,000 people – but you can bet half your audience is there for the concert. Here at Edgewood, everyone genuinely loves the rodeo and shares a passion as fans that fuels our sport.
As for my outfit, since I know y’all were wondering: I wore my favorite pair of Kimes Ranch Jeans – the Francescas – paired with a tied up Rolling Stones tee. I threw a leopard vest over top and finished it out with a squash blossom, leather cuffs and a pair of turquoise Durango boots. Since it was such a small town rodeo, I wanted to keep it a little more casual, plus the leopard vest is lined so it kept me warm when the chilly night came around.
I hope y’all enjoyed reading about Edgewood Pro Rodeo Days! Were you there? Where should I go next? Let me know in the comments!