The sport of rodeo and Miami go back a long ways.

This year's version, which is called the Heart of America Rodeo, runs June 22-23 at the Miami Fairgrounds arena.

This is the 66th year for Miami to host a rodeo.

The rodeo, sponsored by the High Winds Casino and the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce, is co-sanctioned by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys' Association and the Central States Rodeo Association.

Last year's rodeo drew four of the top seven in the PRCA's Prairie Circuit all-around leaders.

Events on tap will be team roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

Points earned here qualify riders for the NFR.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. each night.

Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for children. At the gate, they will be $12 and $6.

Advance tickets are available at all area Westco locations, at the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce and from queen and princess contestants.

Children will be admitted free Friday night when accompanied by a paying adult.

Del Hall will again be the stock contractor.

“He will bring some of his top stock, said Pat Sill, who is co-chair of the event with Dave Lewis. “He had some bulls who went to the finals (National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas) last year.

This year's specialty act is Brice Chapman of Texas.

The grand entry will feature a tribute to legendary announcer Clem McSpadden.