The State Fair of Texas is welcoming the year-end finale of the 2022 United Professional Rodeo Association to Fair Park Coliseum in October as part of the fair’s rodeo lineup this year.
The event will have six performances starting Tuesday, October 18 running through 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22 with an additional performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It’s the first time the event has taken place outside of Sulphur Springs since 1979.
“I really appreciate the staff of the State Fair, their long hours, and hard work to put this deal together,” said Jerry P. Hill of the United Professional Rodeo Association.
The top 15 contestants in bareback riding, ladies barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and bull riding along with the highest-ranking rookie in each category, will compete for more than $200,000.
Each performance will feature eight contestants nightly, with all contestants competing Saturday – either in the matinee or evening performance.
The event will feature three rounds with plans of moving to additional rounds in the future.
Champions will be crowned on the arena floor immediately following the final performance. In addition to the rodeo events, there will also be a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the crowning of Miss UPRA.
“The Fair is incredibly honored to be hosting such a prestigious event,” said senior vice president of agriculture and livestock for the State Fair of Texas Daryl Real.
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