Home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is also a top choice for professional cowboys with the International Finals Rodeo (IFR), returning to Oklahoma City for the 41st annual championship show January 14-16, 2011 at State Fair Arena.
"The International Finals Rodeo is one of our premier events held each year in Oklahoma City," said Steve Collier, Vice President of Marquee Events for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. "This event is known as the rodeo ‘Where Legends Begin'. We are proud to have rodeo legends born in Oklahoma City."
For IFR41 in 2011, the top 15 men and women riders from across the U.S. and Canada will compete for a share of the $350,000 in cash, prizes and championship titles. This year's all-around cowboy title is a tight race between Shawn Minor of Camden, Ohio and Justin Thigpen of Waycross, Ga. Both have qualified for IFR41 in two events: Minor in bareback and saddle bronc riding; and Thigpen in calf roping and steer wrestling.
In addition to competition events, Oklahoma City will celebrate the IFR with special week-long events for all rodeo fans including the Bucking Stock Sale, International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) Convention, Western Trade Show and Miss Rodeo USA Pageant. This year, OG&E will sponsor Kids Day on Sunday, January 16 with special activities and autographs for children available on the arena floor, with children ages 12 and under receiving a free cowboy hat.
Approximately 37,000 participants, fans and exhibitors make their way through Oklahoma State Fair Park during the 3-day event. IFR40 in 2010 generated $2,049,944.00 in direct spending for Oklahoma City. With its first show held in Oklahoma 41 years ago, the IFR crowns the World Champions of the IPRA, the rodeo industries second largest cowboy and cowgirl association with more than 300 rodeos in 30 states and Canada. With the IPRA national offices located in the heart of Historic Stockyard's City, the ties to Oklahoma City continue to hold strong.
"Oklahoma's western heritage and outstanding facilities make it the ideal location for a championship rodeo," said Mike Carrier, President of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our facilities, our devoted fan base and our warm hospitality keep these events coming back year after year."
For more information, visit www.ifrodeo.com or www.okstatefairpark.com.
Rodeo Performances :
Friday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Ticket Information :
Adults: $20 and $32
Children 12 & Under: $10 and $16
www.tickets.com or 1.800.511.1552