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WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

DIXIE ROUND-UP

St. George, Utah

The Dixie Round-up is a long time event currently held the second week in September at the historic Sun Bowl
in St. George. The main events are a rodeo and a parade. It is sponsored by the St. George Lions Club and
approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association (PRCA).

For more information:
(435)632-2136 Hotline
rodeo@stgeorgelions.com
http://www.stgeorgelions.com
https://www.facebook.com/DixieRoundupRodeo


HISTORY

Prior to the Dixie Round-up, various rodeos were held on the town square south of the Tabernacle and
Woodward School. There were no fences, so wagons and cars were used to delimit the arena.

The Dixie Round-up was started in 1935 as a joint effort of the local American Legion and Lions Clubs.
In 1939, the Lions Club became the sole sponsor.

From 1935 to 1937, these events were held on Armistice Day (November 11) at the old race track in St. George.
They were moved to September starting in 1938.
The first night rodeo was held in 1940 using a professional rodeo production company.
Starting in 1945, the rodeo was sanctioned by the Rodeo Cowboy Association.

The 13th annual Dixie Round-up in 1947 was held in the new Sun Bowl for the first time
and the Sun Bowl has been the home of the Dixie Round-up ever since.


PHOTOS

Sunbowl in 1948
WCHS-00876   The Sun Bowl in 1948


ANNUAL EVENTS

1st11/11/1935                        
2nd1936
3rd1937
4th1938
5th1939
6th1940
7th1941
8th1942
9th1943
10th     9/7-9/1944
11th9/6-8/1945
12th9/5-7/1946
13th9/18-20/1947
14th9/16-18/1948
15th1949
16th9/14-16/1950
17th1951
18th9/18-20/1952
19th9/17-19/1953
20th9/16-18/1954
21st9/15-17/1955
22nd9/13-15/1956
23rd9/12-14/1957
24th9/18-20/1958
25th9/17-19/1959
26th9/15-17/1960
27th8/31/1961-9/2/1961
28th9/13-15/1962
29th9/12-14/1963
30th     9/24-26/1964                    
31st9/16-18/1965
32nd9/22-24/1966
33rd9/21-23/1967
34th9/19-21/1968
35th9/18-20/1969
36th1970
37th1971
38th1972
39th1973
40th1974
41st1975
42nd1976
43rd1977
44th1978
45th1979
46th1980
47th1981
48th1982
49th1983
50th1984
51st1985
52nd1986
53rd1987
54th1988
55th1989
56th1990
57th1991
58th1992
59th1993
60th    1994
61st1995
62nd1996
63rd1997
64th1998
65th1999
66th2000
67th2001
68th2002
69th2003
70th2004
71st2005
72nd2006
73rd2007
74th2008
75th2009
76th2010
77th2011
78th9/13-15/2012
79th9/12-14/2013
80th9/11-13/2014
81st9/17-19/2015
82nd9/15-17/2016
83rd9/14-16/2017
84th9/13-15/2018
  
  
  
  
  


REFERENCES

Looking Back, A history of the Lions Dixie Roundup
By Lyman Hafen, St. George Magazine, Fall 1984, pp. 19, 20, 27, 80, 82 and 84

Dixie Round-up Key People, 1934-2016
A list of Lions Presidents, Rodeo Chairmen, Queens, Princesses, and Producers

Where the West is Still Wild
Lion (Lions International magazine), September 2015, pp. 29 and 31

Newspaper articles:
Dixie Roundup parade gets morning start; Friday rodeo results
    by JJ Deforest, St. George News, September 19, 2015
Dixie Roundup final results
    by JJ Deforest, St. George News, September 20, 2015
82nd Lions Dixie Roundup Rodeo kicks up dust in Southern Utah
    by Hollie Reina, St. George News, September 12, 2016
Dixie Roundup Rodeo kicks off with glitz, grit and Old Glory
    by Hollie Reina, St. George News, September 16, 2016
Recently crowned Dixie Roundup royalty keeping busy in preparation for 84th annual rodeo
    by Ryan Rees, St. George News, July 10, 2018
Photo gallery: 84th annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo Parade
    by Cody Blowers, St. George News, September 15, 2018