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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                        
2nd??/??-??/1936
3rd??/??-??/1937
4th??/??-??/1938
5th??/??-??/1939
6th??/??-??/1940
7th??/??-??/1941
8th??/??-??/1942
9th??/??-??/1943
10th     9/7-9/1944
11th9/6-8/1945
12th9/5-7/1946
13th9/18-20/1947
14th9/16-18/1948
15th9/??-??/1949
16th9/14-16/1950
17th9/??-??/1951
18th9/18-20/1952
16th9/17-19/1953
16th9/16-18/1954
16th9/15-17/1955
22nd9/13-15/1956
16th9/12-14/1957
24th9/18-20/1958
16th9/17-19/1959
16th9/15-17/1960
27th8/31/1961-9/2/1961
16th9/13-15/1962
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
36th9/17-19/1970
37th9/16-18/1971
38th9/14-16/1972
39th9/13-15/1973
40th9/12-14/1974
41st9/11-13/1975
42nd9/16-18/1976
43rd9/15-17/1977
44th9/14-16/1978
45th9/13-15/1979
46th9/11-13/1980
47th9/17-19/1981
48th9/16-18/1982
49th9/15-17/1983
50th9/13-15/1984
51st9/12-14/1985
52nd9/10-12/1986
53rd9/17-19/1987
54th9/15-17/1988
55th9/14-16/1989
56th9/??-??/1990
57th9/??-??/1991
58th9/17-19/1992
59th9/??-??/1993
60th    9/??-??/1994
61st9/??-??/1995
62nd9/??-??/1996
63rd9/??-??/1997
64th9/??-??/1998
65th9/??-??/1999
66th9/??-??/2000
67th9/??-??/2001
68th9/??-??/2002
69th9/??-??/2003
70th9/??-??/2004
71st9/??-??/2005
72nd9/??-??/2006
73rd9/??-??/2007
74th9/??-??/2008
75th9/17-19/2009
76th9/16-18/2010
77th9/15-17/2011
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
85th9/19-21/2019
  
  
  
  

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
Dixie Roundup Rodeo opens with a bang; video and photo gallery
    by Jeff Richards, St. George News, September 15, 2017
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
Dixie Roundup Rodeo queen and princess chosen
    by Jeff Richards, St. George News, May 9, 2019
From roots to cowboy boots, St. George Lions' Dixie Roundup Rodeo set to celebrate 85 years of tradition
    by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News, May 9, 2019
'Not just a pretty face,' 2019 Dixie Roundup royalty never back down promoting the sport they love
    by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News, September 18, 2019
KONY Coins for Kids president Carl Lamar chosen to be 85th Dixie Roundup Rodeo grand marshal
    by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News, September 19, 2019
Photo gallery: Community celebrates at the 85th annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo Parade
    by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News, September 22, 2019