MIAMI — Moving back to its traditional spot on the calendar, Rodeo Miami takes a run at winning an unprecedented ninth American Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo of the Year award.

Miami’s stop on the ACRA circuit is Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5.

Performances are at 7:30 nightly at the Miami Fairgrounds arena.

Slack will be run Saturday, May 5, starting at 9 a.m.

Vance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram is the title sponsor.

Last year’s rodeo was pushed back to the July 4 weekend since the arena was under water due to flooding of the Neosho River.

The books have been open since last Wednesday, according to rodeo chair Bob Carder.

As usual, he’s expecting more than 400 contestants.

“We’ve got 330 contestants entered, Carder said. “The reason it’s down a little bit is team ropers in the ACRA just enter once instead of twice, so we’ve got 50 team ropers and it should have been 100.

“We will still have the same number of people coming to town. Once you add your mutton bustin’ and your junior and peewee barrels, we will be 400-plus contestants.”

Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

Advance tickets for adults are $10 for one day and $15 for both nights.

Admission for children between the ages of 4 and 10 is $5.

At the gate, tickets are $12 for one day, $20 for both performances and $5 for children.

Admission for the slack session is $5.

Friday night is Integris Kids Night.

Tickets are available at the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, 111 North Main, or at participating Westco locations.

Matt Tarr will be the rodeo clown.