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Updated: Jun 15, 2019

Rodeo Attendees at Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo in Bonifay - Holmes County, Florida

Bonifay is home to one of the oldest annual rodeo events in the Southeast. The first rodeo was hosted at this site on December 6-8, 1946. World War II had just ended and the spirit of celebration caught on. So many people attended and the first rodeo was such a success that the Kiwanis Club agreed to make the event an annual part of life in Holmes County. The Kiwanians brought in professional assistance from King Kong Smith, a professional stock coordinator, and joined what is now the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA). The rodeo, now entering its 70thyear, is a PRCA sanctioned event. The Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo Parade was organized in the early 1950s and has remained an important part of the weekend of events ever since. High school bands, beauty queens and other participants come from a wide area to participant and the parade draws thousands of people to its route down Waukesha Street from the northside of town to Memorial Field on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. As it nears its 75th year, the rodeo is one of the largest and most successful small community events in the South and its unique heritage has turned its site into a historic landmark for Holmes County.

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