If you've never been to Texas or Mexico, this may actually be your first in-person rodeo. It's not your run-of-the-mill bull-riding frenzy because this one is actually the "World's Toughest Rodeo". When it comes to fun things to do in Winston-Salem, this unique experience should make your bucket list.
The CINCH World's Toughest Rodeo boasts the "world's toughest bulls and broncs since 1979." As a source of cowboy-centric, action-packed entertainment all over the U.S. for over 40 years, this intense bull-riding extravaganza is finally coming to Winston-Salem for the first time.
On March 20, come on out to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum to unleash your inner cowgirl. You can truly get in on the action with this not-so-average rodeo that offers much more than just bull-riding.
"We've got bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and women’s barrel racing," says Lindsey West, Media & Promotions Manager at Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo.
Lindsey also told Narcity that there's a free pre-show included with tickets (which start at only $20) that allows guests to experience the cowboy lifestyle.
Revelers will have the chance to meet the cowboys and bull-riders and get their autographs.
They also get to take a walk in the riders' boots by sitting on one of the actual bulls (Sonny or Silver Dollar) to have their picture taken.
There will be lots of food and booze provided by the arena, and guests can expect to sip and snack on things like nachos, pizza, hotdogs, beer, wine, and cocktails.
While there is alcohol available for purchase by those 21 and over, organizers stress that this is a family-friendly event, so it's best to leave the rowdy energy to the actual professionals.*
According to Lindsey, this rodeo stands out because it's a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned event.
"It’s one of the few rodeos that is a qualifying event for American Qualifiers," she notes. The winner of this massive competition goes home with $1M.
Horses and bulls aren't the only animals you'll find at the rodeo. An iconic monkey named Whiplash is one crowd-pleasing primate with his skills in herding sheep and riding border collies.
With excitement at every turn, this Southern shindig ought to bring out your inner wild child, so mark your calendars if you want to take in some Texas-style thrills, also coming to Raleigh next month.
World's Toughest Rodeo
When: March 20, 2020
Address: 2825 University Pkwy., Winston-Salem, NC
Why You Need To Go: Bring out your true Southern roots with this adrenaline-pumping event filled with intense bull-riding competitions and interactive experiences.