In 1985, a PRCA sanction Turquoise Series rodeo was added to “restore some of the spirits of Kingman’s Dig-‘N-Dogie Days”, a nationally recognized rodeo Kingman hosted from the 1930s to the 50s as a celebration of ranching and mining. The two-day rodeo takes place the final qualifying weekend for cowboys to earn points toward the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) in Las Vegas. Every year it draws serious bronc and bull riders!
Then in 2015, Kingman began hosting the Andy Devine Days Festival. Originally called the Best of the West on Route 66 Fest, the schedule includes a parade, vendors, live entertainment, car show, human strength tractor pull contest, rock climbing wall, large water slides, euro bungee stations, mechanical bull rides, kiddie obstacle course, art show, and much more! It’s Kingman’s largest street festival and continues to be very different from any other event hosted in Kingman!
At the 2019 Andy Devine Days, the Rodeo will be sanctioned through the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association. What does that mean? More contestants and more rodeo action, we can’t wait!
Articles of rodeos around Kingman go back as early as the 1880’s, especially taking place at surrounding ranches during round-ups. But Kingman hosted its first organized Labor Day rodeo in 1919. The second annual rodeo in 1920 had purses totaling nearly $4,000 (nearly $50,000 in 2015 dollars). In the 1930’s to early 1950’s it was “Dig-‘n-Dogie Days Rodeo, a celebration of ranching and mining skills, as was famously described in “A Guide Book to Highway 66”. That festival eventually phased out as more area mines closed.