2018 GRAND NATIONAL RODEO Livestock Exposition & Horse Show

The Cow Palace is bringing back the Wild West to the Bay Area with the annual Grand National Rodeo, Livestock Exposition and Horse Show, October 12-13 & 19-20, Cow Palace. Now in its 72nd year, the Grand National Rodeo will celebrate the time-honored tradition of America’s West by presenting the best of the best in the competitive sport of rodeo.

The two-weekend event is presented by the Cow Palace and produced by Cotton Rosser and the Flying U Rodeo Co., this year being the 50thyear Flying U has produced the show. The Grand National Rodeofeatures traditional rodeo events including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing.

During the livestock exposition, real farm equipment and animals are on site with interactive displays to learn about how food is grown. Exhibitors will show cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and rabbits, along with photography and fine art.

Other highlights include:

  • NEW:First Responder Fridays, October 12thand 19thAll First Responders with a valid professional badge/ID can receive up to four (4) free tickets to Friday nights only. Redeem at the box office.
  • NEW:Fables Of The West – high energy, interactivecowboy comedy team. www.fablesofthewest.com
  • PRCA Rodeo show (7:30pm – 9:30pm, nightly)
  • Western marketplace(open daily from 2 pm – 11 pm)
  • Classic Western BBQ  nightly from 5pm – 7pm with down-home comfort food
  • Nightly LIVE musicby Country Music Singer Chad Bushnell, Buck Ford, and more.
  • Equestrian competitions
  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day (in support of breast cancer awareness month)
  • Military Day(GNR partners with organizations that provide services for Veterans)
  • Mechanical bull ridesand more!           

Public Information:  Ticket prices are $25 for adults Dress Circle, $45 for Box Seats and $16 for children and seniors, and can be purchased online at www.grandnationalrodeo.com or in-person at the box office. The Livestock Exposition, Horse Shows, Interactive Agricultural Area, and Marketplace are FREE and open to the public. However, tickets must be purchased for the Grand National Rodeo, For more details visit www.cowpalace.com, contact info@cowpalace.com  or call 415-414-4100. 

About the Grand National Rodeo:

The Cow Palace was built in 1941 as the 1-A District Agricultural Association, and as part of its mission produces the annual ‘Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo’. It is the West’s most prestigious western lifestyle event attracting thousands of participants and fans from seven western states. www.grandnationalrodeo.com

About the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center:

The Cow Palace Arena & Event Center serves as a venue for a variety of events including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, consumer shows, trade shows and sports; as well as a variety of community, religious and charitable events. Now celebrating their 76th anniversary, the Cow Palace continues to serve the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the State of California. www.cowpalace.com


About Flying U Rodeo Co.

Cotton Rosser is a name that has become synonymous with quality rodeo production. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company. For the past several decades, Cotton and his family have worked to make the Flying U one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo. Cotton has long been known for his outstanding rodeo productions, including the flamboyant opening ceremonies presented at the National Finals Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco just to name a few. Rodeo is show business as far as he is concerned. According to Cotton, “You have to run the show, you can’t let the show run you. If you don’t keep the audience entertained they will go somewhere else.” www.flyingurodeo.com