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Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo set for July 24-26; no spectators allowed

Cowpuncher's Reunion Rodeo will be held July 24-26, but will not be open to spectators. (Photo/WGCN)

Cowpuncher's Reunion Rodeo will be held July 24-26, but will not be open to spectators. (Photo/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo will continue its tradition of hosting working cowboys as they compete in various events, however, no spectators will be allowed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event returns to the Williams Rodeo Grounds July 24-26, but will be open only to members of the Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion Association.

The event was originally scheduled for June 18-21, but organizers rescheduled the event because of statewide closures due to coronavirus.

“We are excited to be able to have our event but also understand the inconvenience this may cause many of our supporters,” said organizer Carrie Gross.

Gross said only members will be allowed on the rodeo grounds, and the dance and beer garden have been cancelled.

Members will also be following CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing and more to help prevent transmission of coronavirus.

The past 42 years, rodeo events have been based around the everyday life of working cowboys and their families. Performances include cowboy bronc riding, where participants ride broncs with a saddle.

Around 300 people compete in the rodeo events each year. While the majority of the competitors are from Arizona, some will also come from Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Arizona Cowpunchers is unique and structured for families with many activities for youth.

Most participants live in remote locations and use the rodeo as a reunion to catch up with other ranchers who have become like family.

Some of the highlights of past rodeo performances include ribbon roping, team roping, steer riding and wild horse racing, in which competitors saddle and ride a horse that has never been ridden before.

More information is available from Carrie Gross at (602) 510-4940 or email cowpunchers@outlook.com.

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