The Red Desert Roundup Rodeo is always scheduled for the last full weekend in July. We are celebrating 42 years of rodeo. Red Desert Roundup started in 1977 with a team of businessmen from Sweetwater County wanting to add to the life of the county. Now years later the roundup committee offers the best in rodeo action. From the best stock to the world's best cowboys, the Red Desert Roundup has it all. Professional rodeo encompasses an element of danger, extraordinary skill and the cowboys who ride are some of the most rugged athletes in sports today.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is the world's largest and oldest governing body of professional rodeo. It is the place cowboys come to compete after they have paid their dues in regional competition and have honed their skills to the level of a professional athlete. Unlike other professional sports, rodeo requires the contestants to pay to compete. They do not get paid to warm the bench. Every rodeo requires an entry fee and the cowboy gets paid only if he performs well enough to win. Only those cowboys who are capable of competing with the ''big boys'' can afford to participate in the PRCA for any length of time. Only about 750 rodeos in the country are PRCA sanctioned. non-PRCA rodeos have an important place in rodeos, but nothing quite compares to the action in a true PRCA competition.