There have been a few silver linings for Kane County as a result of the COVID crisis, and landing the Rocky Mountain Pro Rodeo Association (RMPRA) Finals is one of them. 

The RMPRA Finals will be held at the Kaneplex Arena in Kanab on Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, October 24, at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. The event is expected to sell out, so purchase your tickets online in advance to ensure entry. Tickets can be purchased on KanabProRodeo.com. The site also has options to buy some limited supply of event merchandise. The Kane County Office of Tourism will max out the number of online tickets sold to allow for a few to be bought at entry each night. 

Kane County Office of Tourism (KCOT) has worked with RMPRA President, Ben German, previously and the staff received word that the Finals would be possibly canceled due to COVID restrictions in South Jordan, Utah.

“Lannell asked if we could offer to host it and I told her to find out what it would take. We were then able to work a deal with RMPRA that landed the Finals in Kanab until 2025,” said Camille Johnson Taylor, the KCOT Director. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our commissioners.” 

Kane County Buildings and Maintenance, under the direction of Sheriff Tracy Glover, has been working on improvements to the Kaneplex Arena the last couple of years to make it more audience and participant friendly. The improvements include increased parking, improved vehicle entrances, ADA parking and access to the bleachers, enhancements on the arena and announcers stand.

The county also purchased a mobile set of bleachers to accommodate more social distancing during the pandemic while maintaining capacity. There will also be hay bales throughout the arena area for people to sit on and spread out. 

The event will include bull riding, broncs (saddle and bareback), barrel racing, team, calf and breakaway roping.

“We are so excited to host these world-class rodeo athletes at our beautiful arena with views of the reservoir and red rock cliffs,” said Kane County Event Coordinator Lannell Dove.

Kane County has been fortunate to get a group of generous event sponsors, including Ken Garff Chevrolet and Ford of American Fork. Ken Garff will be sponsoring concessions, which includes brats, beer, hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks and more. They will also provide a $500 OFF coupon for the dealership to the first 200 cars each night. 

Other sponsors include Stephen Wade Dodge of St. George for the barrels and the following for chutes one through six: Classic Air Medical, Party Pooper, Jenkins Oil, Wheeler Machinery, Barco, LLC and State Bank of Southern Utah. 

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