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The rodeo is returning to Sedona.

Well, sort of.

The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a new event on Friday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m at Posse Grounds Park — Sedona Family Foot Rodeo.

According to Recreation Coordinator Ali Baxter, the free event in part is a way to honor the history of Posse Grounds, which at one time was the site of weekly rodeos.

“Horses have been a lifelong hobby for me, and I married into a rodeo family,” she said. “After working for the city for a couple of years my husband’s grandma brought out an old Coconino County Sheriff’s Posse rodeo book. She thought I would be interested to know that the park I work in was the rodeo grounds that my husband’s family all rodeoed at in the 1960s, including his dad who was just a young kid.”

Baxter brought the rodeo book in to work to share with Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch. The two agreed that it would be a good idea to have an event paying tribute to rodeos of years gone by.

“I’ve done a lot of research on the area on my own as well as obtained information from the Sedona Heritage Museum, family and friends,” she said. “We have a lot of family who spent many weekends at events at Posse Grounds. I wasn’t so much surprised, as I am more taken with the history. I think it’s so neat that what I love was the history of where I now work.”

The museum has photos that will be on display at the event documenting the entire development of the park from state land to rodeo grounds to ball fields to a complete community park. 

Some may be asking, what makes a foot rodeo? Baxter said it’s basically a rodeo complete with all of the events such as barrel racing, bull riding, roping and wild cow milking but without the live animals.

The afternoon will feature:

  • Bounce horse barrel racing
  • Mechanical bull riding n Dummy calf roping
  • Inflatable wild cow milking n Pony rides n Petting zoo
  • Music by the Dan and Dave Rice Band nEntertainment by the Red Rock Posse cowboys
  • Food for sale

“There will be something for everyone, including a history walk for those who would like to come and reminisce,” she said. As for the day of the week it will be held, Baxter added, “We chose Friday afternoon to make it an easy stop for parents after picking kids up from school. Also, the majority of our events are on Saturdays and we wanted to switch things up a bit.”


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