Angola Prison Fall Rodeo

Angola Prison Spring RodeoThousands of visitors flock to the longest-running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, handmade works from inmates. Tickets are $20.

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Angola Rough Riders enter the arena at full gallop and colors are presented.

What To Expect

Inmate hobbycraft items are only for sale at Angola Prison Rodeo Events. Hobbycraft items for sale include:  jewelry, leather craft, paintings and woodworking.  Souvenir caps and T-shirts are also sold. Several inmate bands perform (on an alternating schedule) before the rodeo, and the Angola Prison Rodeo Band performs during the entire rodeo starting at 2 p.m. Various concession stands are spread throughout the grounds.   Some of the food items sold include:  hamburgers, hot dogs, frito pies, sausage on a stick, pizza, po-boys, tacos & burritos, chicken nuggets, jambalaya, B-B-Q ribs, grilled chicken sandwiches, cracklins, boiled and roasted peanuts, baked potatoes, salads, fried shrimp, fried catfish, nachos, french fries, meat pies, onion rings, pastries, cotton candy, candy apples, ice cream,  funnel cakes, snow cones, punch, coffee, soft drinks, bottled water, lemonade, and many more items.

Rodeo Events

Bust Out  – All six chutes open simultaneously, releasing six angry bulls, with temporarily attached inmate cowboys.  The last man to remain on the bull wins the event.

Bareback Riding  – Riders are expected to keep one hand in the air, and must stay on the horse for eight seconds to qualify.

Wild Horse Race  – Six wild horses are simultaneously released into the arena with short ropes dragging behind them.  Three-man teams attempt to grab the ropes and hold the horse long enough for a team member to mount.  The first team to cross the finish line while still on top of the horse is the winner.

Barrel Racing  – This is the only event in which inmates do not participate.  It is a tour stop for The Girl’s Rodeo Association.  Contestants race their horse in a pattern between three carefully placed barrels.  The fastest time wins.

Bull-Dogging – The animal is placed in a chute, with two cowboys positioned just outside the chute.  Their job is to wrestle the animal to the ground as quickly as possible.  The team with the best time earns points toward the coveted “All-around Cowboy” award.

Chariot Race – A new event that debuted in 2014, Chariot Racing comically employs the principle of centrifugal force that challenges the contestant’s sense of balance with a twist. It can be likened to being pulled by a boat while riding a wakeboard. Contestants, holding a pitcher of water, mount a sled that is pulled at top speed the length of the arena by a horse and rider. Gravity takes over in the turn, as the contestant tries to stay on the sling-shotted sled while not spilling the water. The man who holds on and spills the least amount of water is the winner.

Wild Cow Milking – Teams of inmate cowboys chase the animals around the arena trying to extract a little milk.  The first team to bring milk to the judge wins the prize.

Bull Riding – This dangerous and wide open event is what the fans come to see.  Inexperienced inmates sit on top of a 2,000 pound Brahma bull.  To be eligible for the coveted “All-Around Cowboy” title, a contestant must successfully complete the ride (6 seconds).  The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rules govern this event.

Convict Poker   – It’s the ultimate poker game, and even winning has a price.  Four inmate cowboys sit at a table in the middle of the arena playing a friendly game of poker.  Suddenly, a wild bull is released with the sole purpose of unseating the poker players.  The last man remaining seated is the winner.

Guts & Glory  – A chit (poker chip) is tied to the meanest, toughest Brahma bull available.  The object here is to get close enough to the bull in order to snatch the chit.  This is the last event of the day, and perhaps the most exciting.