"Palestine's Labor Day Celebration" Palestine Things to Do Tip by deecat

Palestine Things to Do: 7 reviews and 17 photos

  Directions to Rodeo Arena
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  • Directions to Rodeo Arena - Palestine
      Directions to Rodeo Arena
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  • Palestine's Labor Day Celebration - Palestine
      Palestine's Labor Day Celebration
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  • Rodeo Scupture Entering Palestine - Palestine
      Rodeo Scupture Entering Palestine
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  • Pioneer City Rodeo Poster - Palestine
      Pioneer City Rodeo Poster
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Perhaps Palestine, Illinois is best-known nationally for its Small Outdoor Rodeo that is held every Labor Day Weekend.

This event starts the Friday BEFORE Labor Day.

The very first Pioneer City Rodeo took place in 1966 on a baseball field in Leaverton Park. They had wooden seats for about 3,000 spectators. That first year, the prize money was $1500. Today, the new aluminum seats can seat 5,000 fans for each performance, and about 20,000 people attend. $19,000 is given in prize money! They now have new lights for night performances, and there is a 400 site campgroud that has a showerhouse and restrooms.

There is a two-hour parade, a Saturday morning chuck wagon breakfast, a Saturday flea market, free entertainment on the bandstand. But the spotlight events are the four performances of the rodeo...that's why cowboys from across the country to Palestine for this major event.I have not seen a performance at the Rodeo because I've never been in the area at that time of year; however my brother-in-law says that it is a "really big deal" in Crawford County".


Photo #1: Sign Directing visitors to the Park and campground for the Rodeo.

Photo #2: Banner Advertising the Rodeo [I took photo of banner at the Robinson Chamber of Commerce].

Photo #3: Permanent Art Outdoor Sculpture of Rodeo located as you first enter Palestine.

Photo #4: Pioneer City Rodeo Poster.

Directions: Rodeo in Leaverton Park in Palestine. The Park is located at the east edge of Palestine
Phone: (618)-588-2222

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  • Updated May 29, 2008
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