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.