The 2019 Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo was named “Rodeo of the Year” by the Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association (GCPRA).

Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association President Paul Brosseit was presented with the award at the GCPRA annual banquet, held Nov. 9 in Fort Mojave.

GCPRA competitors vote to select the recipient of the Rodeo of the Year award. The Sonoita Rodeo received the most votes of the 26 rodeos in the GCPRA circuit in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

The 104th Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo is the largest rodeo in Arizona, spanning three days and attracting close to 800 competitors. Brosseit credits this year’s chairmen, Tom Hardesty, Cody Beyer and Randy Scouten, and the many volunteers for the success of the event.

“Never underestimate the power of teamwork,” Brosseit said. “The success of events at the Sonoita Fairgrounds all depend on people pulling together in this community.”