Waimea, Island of Hawai‘i ~ Parker Ranch will celebrate its paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage at the 56th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo and Horse Races on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea.
While celebrating our nation’s independence, Parker Ranch paniolo, will be joined by other nearby ranches for a round-up of traditional rodeo events, including horse races, ranch mugging, team roping and more. These events will showcase the skills that have made Hawaiian paniolo famous throughout the world and which continue to keep the unique ranching lifestyle and culture alive in Hawai’i.
Gates open at 7:00 am and you can enjoy a variety of crafts and food from local businesses. There will also be activities for the kids, such as a petting zoo and pony rides. For those who enjoy having a memento, Parker Ranch commemorative logo items will be conveniently available at the Parker Ranch Store booth.
Fast paced rodeo action begins shortly after the 9:00 am grand entry parade and continues non-stop until 12 noon. The day starts with the traditional pomp and circumstance with the introduction of the ranch teams and raising of the flags. Under a beautiful summer sky, horse racing action kicks off a morning of excitement–the 1/4-mile, 1/8 mile, and relay races are always a thrill. In the midst of racing fever, skills and pride are on the line during the “friendly” ranch competition taking place in the arena.
Each year the festivities also include recognizing an individual or group who has contributed to our island community. This year Parker Ranch will honor, Mike Hudson from Wow Farms.
Tickets for the July 4th event are available in advance for $7 or $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 808-885-7311 or visit www.parkerranch.com. Seating is limited.
The rodeo grounds are 37 miles by car from Kona International Airport and 57 miles from Hilo Airport on Highway 190.
Parker Ranch Inc. is a highly respected cattle ranch known for quality beef, producing ten million pounds of beef each year and ranked as the 9th largest cow-calf operation in the United States.
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