Join us before each rodeo performance for food and games. Food trucks and Topgolf will be onsite to kick things off. Stop by the Pendleton Whisky Tailgate for drinks and dancing.  Take the kids over to the Croft Trailer Kids Corral for fun and games. All free and open to the public.

Pendleton Whisky Tailgate

  • Come enjoy Happy Hour specials each night from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Open:
    • 5:30 PM – 11:30 PM Friday
    • 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Saturday afternoon
    • 5:30 PM – 11:30 PM Saturday night
  • Delicious Treats from KC Food Trucks
    • The Candied Pig
    • Dry Creek Buffalo Ranch Chuck Wagon
    • Knapp Food Trailer
  • LIVE Music
    • Jason Craig and the Wingmen – before each rodeo performance
    • Hudson Drive – Friday Night
    • Phil Vandel – Saturday Night

Tailgate Bands

 Croft Trailer Supply Kids Corral

  • The Kids Corral is a family friendly area for kids of all ages to have fun before the rodeo. Enjoy activities like face painting, tractor races, and a stick horse rodeo. The Kids Corral will open 2 hours prior to each performance for families to enjoy.
VIP Experiences

Royal Experience VIP Ticket - $75

Only 25 tickets will be sold at each rodeo performance. Must be 21 years or older. This is a walking tour.

  • Front Row VIP Box Seat
  • Cowboy Hospitality Room access (unlimited beer and food)
  • Behind the Chutes Tour (get a look at what happens behind the scenes)
  • Special commemorative VIP lanyard
  • VIP Parking area
  • Drink Ticket for the Tailgate Party

Reserved Seating - $30 - $40

  • Have the closest seat to the action
  • Padded chairs
  • New and improved tiered decking, with the second row elevated
  • Seating runs the length of the arena





Participating Wrangler Retailers with Rodeo Vouchers

Family Center – Harrisonville, MO
Family Center – Paola, KS
Family Center – Butler, MO
Feldman’s Farm & Home – Liberty, MO
Feldman’s Farm & Home – Blue Springs, MO
Feldman’s Farm & Home – Bonner Springs, KS
Kleinschmidt’s Western – Higginsville, MO
Nigro’s Western Store – Kansas City, KS
Nigro’s Western Store – Shawnee, KS
Cavender’s – Kansas City, KS
Boot Barn – Blue Springs, MO
Boot Barn – Olathe, KS
Boot Barn – Lawrence, KS
Boot Barn – Liberty, MO


The American Royal ProRodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). Members of these associations can compete in the rodeo by entering.


The PRCA and WPRA rodeo seasons begin on October 1 and end September 30 annually. Cowboys and cowgirls are trying to make it to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) held in Las Vegas based off of the money they have earned during the season. This makes the American Royal ProRodeo one of the last rodeos and chances of the season.


$40,000 is up for grabs at this one up, two day rodeo! $5,000 will be awarded in each event.