Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo

October 13 -14 & 20-21, Cow Palace Daly City, CA (August, 2017)


The Cow Palace is bringing back the Wild West to the Bay Area with the annual Grand National Rodeo, Livestock Exposition and Horse Show, October 13 -14 and 20-21, 2017 at the Cow Palace (2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, CA). Now in its 71st year, the Grand National Rodeo will celebrate the time-honored tradition of America’s West by presenting the best of the best in the competitive sport of rodeo. Ticket prices are $23 for adults Dress Circle, $44 for Box Seats and $14 for children and seniors, and can be purchased online at www.grandnationalrodeo.com or in-person at the box office. Although tickets must be purchased for the Grand National Rodeo, the Livestock Exposition, Horse Shows, Interactive Agricultural Area, and Marketplace are FREE and open to the public. For more details visit www.cowpalace.com , contact info@cowpalace.com or call 415-414- 4100.

“It’s extremely exciting to see participants and exhibitors from all over the west come together at the Grand National Rodeo to share their passion for agriculture,” said Lori Marshall, Cow Palace CEO. “As the world changes this event remains a pillar of western tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has never been more important for residents of California to know the narrative of agriculture which remains a significant piece of Californian’s Story.” The two-weekend event is presented by the Cow Palace, and produced by Cotton Rosser and the Flying U Rodeo Co., which has produced the event for the past 48 years. The Grand National Rodeo features traditional rodeo events including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing. During the livestock exposition, real farm equipment and animals are on site with interactive displays to learn about how food is grown. Exhibitors will show cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and rabbits, along with photography and fine art.

Other highlights include:

  • Western marketplace (open daily from 2 pm – 11 pm)
  • Classic Western BBQ with down-home comfort food
  • Nightly LIVE music by Buck Nickels & Loose Change Band, and Chad Bushnell and Ashley Barron.
  • Equestrian competitions
  • “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day (in support of breast cancer awareness month)
  • Military Day (GNR partners with organizations that provide services for Veterans)
  • Mechanical bull rides and more!


About the Grand National Rodeo:

The Cow Palace was built in 1941 as the 1-A District Agricultural Association, and as part of its mission produces the annual ‘Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo’. It is the West’s most prestigious western lifestyle event attracting thousands of participants and fans from seven western states. www.grandnationalrodeo.com


About the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center:

The Cow Palace Arena & Event Center serves as a venue for a variety of events including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, consumer shows, trade shows and sports; as well as a variety of community, religious and charitable events. Now celebrating their 76th anniversary, the Cow Palace continues to serve the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the State of California. www.cowpalace.com


About Flying U Rodeo Co.

Cotton Rosser is a name that has become synonymous with quality rodeo production. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company. For the past several decades, Cotton and his family have worked to make the Flying U one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo. Cotton has long been known for his outstanding rodeo productions, including the flamboyant opening ceremonies presented at the National Finals Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco just to name a few. Rodeo is show business as far as he is concerned. According to Cotton, “You have to run the show, you can’t let the show run you. If you don’t keep the audience entertained they will go somewhere else.”

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