Rodeo at Fairgrounds in 2019. Photo Credit: Jamie Smith

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors gave its approval, at their Board meeting on August 11, for the Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo to take place on Sept 5, 6 and 7 at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. The Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association (SCCFRA) had provided a detailed mitigation plan outlining the safeguards that would be put in place to protect attendees from COVID exposure. All attendees will be required to wear masks and to maintain social distance from other people. Seating will be limited in the grandstands. SCCFRA will be bringing in additional bleachers and attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs. “We will offer every opportunity for people to spread out,” Fairgrounds manager Lacy Beyer said. 

The Fairgrounds encourages people to purchase their tickets online at to minimize wait times at the entrance gate. People will be required to stand 6’ apart in all lines, including at the entrance and at the bar and food areas. There will be several vendors at the event, who will be following CDC guidelines and the County Health Code.

This will be the 105th annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo, which is billed as the largest rodeo in Arizona. Between 700 and 800 entries compete during this three-day rodeo. There are also three days of Junior Rodeo which begins at noon. The main event will begin at 2:00 p.m. each day.