Friday night was filled with high energy at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee with a capacity crowd at the Osceola County Fair (KVLS), and packed stands in the Silver Spurs Arena for the 148th Silver Spurs Rodeo, but the energy rose to an even higher level when Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis stepped out onto the dirt in the Silver Spurs Arena with State Representative Fred Hawkins Jr to wish the Silver Spurs Rodeo fans well and to welcome them to the rodeo!

“It is an honor to welcome all of you to the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River, in one of Florida’s most dynamic counties, in what is the free-est state in these United States,” the governor announced to the extremely supportive crowds. We are going to absolutely keep these traditions alive, and preserve what makes America great, the governor added before taking a seat and enjoying some of the best in professional rodeo in the world.

On Saturday morning the streets in Downtown St. Cloud were lined with rodeo fans for the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade which featured the Miss Silver Spurs Court, along with rodeo queens from all around the country and Canada.  Also in the parade were Coca-Cola Cowboy & Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Tom and Martha Booth, along with the Silver Spurs Riding Club Big Boss, the Classy Cowgirls on horseback, elected officials, businesses, and organizations from around Osceola County.

Hometown cowboy Juan Alcazar Jr. walked with the title of All-around cowboy after the Silver Spurs Rodeo competition finished on Sunday. The event’s total payoff was $100,149!