What is Angola Prison Rodeo and where does it take place?

THE Angola Prison Rodeo began in 1965 and is the longest-running prison rodeo.

The popular event hosts more than 10,000 people and includes events such as bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and even Convict Poker.

During Convict Poker four inmates are seated at a poker table as a bull is released, and the last man seated in his chair wins


During Convict Poker four inmates are seated at a poker table as a bull is released, and the last man seated in his chair winsCredit: Getty

Where does the Angola Prison Rodeo take place?

The rodeo takes place at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, which was once known as “The Bloodiest Prison in the World”.

Events are held on the third weekend in April and every Sunday in October and attracts more than 70,000 people annually.

As well as welcoming crowds for the rodeo, Angola is also the most toured and visited prison in the world.

It draws in around 16,000 visitors a year and has also been featured in motion pictures such as Dead Man Walking and documentaries including The Farm, and The Wildest Show In The South – The Angola Prison Rodeo.

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What is Angola Prison Rodeo?

The longest-running prison rodeo began in 1965.

The event was started by offenders, prison employees, and local residents of Angola.

For the first two years, the event was closed to the public but in 1967 a limited number of tickets were offered on general sale.

Since then the event has grown in popularity and the new arena seats more than 10,000 attendees.

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The rodeo acts as a behavioral incentive for offenders and gives them a chance to feel part of the community and showcase their talents.

Participation is voluntary and inmates can earn money by competing. They can also sell hobbycraft, furniture, art and handmade jewelry.

The rodeo showcases a mix of traditional and very unique events, such as bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling.

Some of the more unique events is Convict Poker, where four inmates play poker seated at a table with a loose bull in the ring.

The last one sitting at the table wins the game.

Prisoner Pinball is another daring event where inmates stand inside randomly placed hula-hoops and pit themselves against a loose bull, the last offender still standing inside the hoop wins the game.

Guts and Glory is the grand finale of the event.

In this game, a poker chip is fastened to the head of a longhorn bull who is then released into the arena.

Inmates then compete to get the chip off the bull, and the winner gets a cash prize.

Can I watch the Angola Prison Rodeo on TV?

There is nowhere that live streams the Angola Prison Rodeo.

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Tickets are available from the Angola Rodeo website, or via the telephone.

Children under two years old are admitted free if they are held by an adult.

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