Reliving America's frontier days has been a trying task ever since Hollywood Westerns fell out of vogue and your 10-gallon hat was ruined by that 10-gallon guacamole recipe. Go west with this GrouponLive deal to see Virginia Stampede, a rodeo presented by Myrna’s Boots ‘n’ Bits, at Colonial Downs in New Kent. Choose between Friday, August 3, or Saturday, August 4; on both days, the gates open at 6 p.m., a country-music concert starts at 6:30 p.m., and the rodeo proper starts at 7:30 p.m. Choose from the following options:
$36 for two general-admission tickets (a $17 value each) and two Virginia Derby T-shirts (a $20 value each; a $74 total value)
During the Virginia Stampede, the Old West rears back to life with the frenzied bucking of broncos and whistle of lassos. The rodeo’s cowboys cling to horses as they whip about the arena, riding both with saddles and bareback—the same way veteran astronauts ride their rockets into space. Even more intimidating mounts arrive in the form of full-grown bulls that snort, kick, spin, and rear. Steer-wrestling competitions invite riders to gallop astride more obedient mounts, but also requires that they catch and tussle hand-to-horn with perturbed cattle. The full evening of entertainment continues with barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, and ladies' breakaway roping.
Before the rodeo swings into full gear, country bands warm up the audience. Runaway Rodeo strums its strings on August 3, and Route 64 takes the stage on August 4. Guests with beverage service can request that wait staff deliver drinks where they sit, so they don’t have to miss a moment of the action. The rodeo takes place at Colonial Downs, a horse racetrack famous for hosting the Virginia Derby.
Ticket prices may vary on the date of the event.
Colonial Downs Racetrack
Home of the Virginia Derby each summer, Colonial Downs Racetrack upholds the age old Southern tradition of horse racing with a pair of impressive tracks. At 180 feet wide, the Secretariat Turf Course plays host to the derby as well as other summer thoroughbred races. Measuring at 1.25 miles, the outside dirt track is the second largest in the country—dwarfed only by Belmont Park— and plays host the pacers and trotters in the fall harness races. As Virginia's only site for pari-mutuel betting, Colonial Downs attracts droves of racing fans and wandering derby hats throughout the season. Once inside the gates, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds from the outdoor grandstand or relax in one of Colonial Downs' club and suite seating options, most of which offer dining and betting services, TVs linked to off-track races, and unobstructed birds-eye views of either track outside.
10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy.
New Kent, Virginia 23124Get Directions