SEPTEMBER 19 & 20, 2015
11:30am to 5pm, Rodeo at 2pm


Tickets Available at the Gate Schedule of Events Directions

The PRCA Rodeo at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Come experience the thrill of professional cowboys competing in fully sanctioned PRCA events including saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping and bull dogging. Professional cowgirls will also be competing in barrel racing. Live country music, line dancing and craft and food vendors add to the weekend festivities. Come early for the 9th annual Chili Cook-Off and sample some of the Poconos’ finest chilis!

Chili Cook-Off under the big tent from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
PRCA Rodeo begins at 2:00pm.
Food and craft vendors, meltdown agility ride and live music all day.

Bring a blanket or chairs for slopeside seating.

2014 Best Footing Award Winner

Shawnee Mountain was awarded First Place for the Justin Boots Best Footing Award in the 2014 First Frontier Circuit. The Justin Best Footing Award is given to recognize those committees in each of the 12 rodeo circuits that have put forth extra effort to ensure their rodeo had the safest, most consistent ground conditions throughout the entire rodeo. This in turn ensures a safe and level playing field for the barrel racing contestants and their horses.

Rodeo Events


Saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping and bull dogging. Professional cowgirls will also be competing in barrel racing.

These events are fully approved and sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and will feature Pros from the First Frontier Circuit competing for thousands of dollars in prize money.

Sanctioned by the Womens Professional Rodeo Association, women competitors will show their skills in the WPRA Barrel Race.



The 9th Annual Shawnee Mountain Chili Cook-Off with be held from 11:30AM - 1:30PM on Saturday & Sunday.

Come early & sample a variety of chilis from mild to hot and everywhere in between! When you're done cast your vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced during the rodeo intermission.


- Meltdown Agility Ride
- Sidekicks Country Band
all Weekend

- Hickory Licks BBQ all Weekend

- Vendors Bazaar all Weekend

- Stilt Walkin' Cowboy all Weekend

- Children's Face Painting all Weekend


Watch the rodeo like a pro...
Below are some of the most commonly used terms in the rodeo arena. Our rodeo emcee will also explain each event and commonly used terms during the rodeo.

Bulldogger - A steer wrestler

Bullfighter - An athlete who protects the bull rider after he dismounts or is bucked off by distracting the bull and directing its attention to the exit gate, sometimes stepping between the bull and the bull rider

Box - In a timed event, the area a horse and rider back into before they make a roping or steer wrestling run Breaking the barrier: in the timed events, if the rider leaves the box too soon – failing to give the animal enough of a head start – he is assessed a 10-second penalty.

Chute - A pen that holds an animal safely in position Covering: in the roughstock events, staying on for at least the minimum time, eight seconds: “He covered all three broncs he rode last weekend.”

Header / Heeler - The two partners in team roping – the header throws the first rope, over the animal’s head or horns, and the heeler throws the second rope to catch both the steer’s hind legs; roping one leg results in a five-second penalty.

Flankman - A cowboy or cowgirl who works in the bucking chutes, adjusting the flank strap around the animal before the ride; the best flankmen and women are familiar with each individual animal and know exactly how much flank to give each animal to encourage optimal bucking.

Pickup Men - Two mounted cowboys who help riders dismount, release a bucking horse’s soft flank strap, and escort bucking horses and bulls to the exit gate after a ride

Ropes - The correct term is rope, not lasso, lariat or riata; most ropes used in ProRodeo timed events are made of strong yet flexible braided materials such as nylon/poly blends, and a cowboy may change his rope selection depending on the weather and the cattle; bull ropes and bronc reins are often made of sisal or poly blends.

Tickets & Parking

Tickets Available at the Gate Group Rates: 15+ with Reservation

Advance 1-Day
Advance 2-Day
Child (5-12)
Child (4 & Under)
Discount tickets are available online until 4:00pm on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Additional tickets are available at the gate during the festival.
At the Gate 1-Day
At the Gate 2-Day
Child (5-12)
Child (4 & Under)
Festival Parking
All Parking is Free

Cash and all major credit cards accepted at the gate.
All coupons must be printed and presented at time of purchase.
ATM available on site.