Angola Prison Rodeo canceled due to state-wide COVID-19 surge

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ANGOLA, LA – APRIL 23: An inmate holds a U.S. flag during the Angola Prison Rodeo at the Louisiana State Penitentiary April 23, 2006 in Angola, Louisiana. The Angola Prison Rodeo, opened in 1965, is the longest running prison rodeo in the nation. The 10,000 seat arena was built entirely by inmate labor. The prison holds approximately 5,000 male inmates, 68 percent of whom are serving life sentences. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Due to the statewide surge in COVID-19 cases, the Angola Prison has cancelled the Fall Rodeo to protect their staff and prisoners.

Initially, The Fall Rodeo was scheduled for every Sunday in October.

The Louisiana State Penitentiary staff will contact individuals who have already purchased tickets for the Fall Rodeo and will issue refunds.

The Angola Prison Rodeo is the longest-running prison rodeo in the country. It first began in 1965 as a joint endeavor between offenders, prison employees, and civilians who live in Angola’s residential area.

The first two rodeos, in 1965 and 1966, were not open to the public. 

Today, its popularity has grown so large that the new arena accommodates more than 10,000 attendees.

The department continues to monitor the COVID-19 surge, and will make decisions accordingly.

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