Where: Woodward Elks Rodeo in northwest Oklahoma
Earn your stamp: Boot up for this 83-year-old rodeo, the state’s oldest. There’s nothing gimmicky about the rough-and-tough event: Cowboys such as world champion Trevor Brazile compete in bareback riding, steer wrestling, and bull riding. End the day with barbecue brisket and line dancing under the stars.
When to go: The rodeo runs July 17-20, but don’t miss the Longhorn Cattle Drive on July 16, when nearly 100 steer proceed through downtown.
Plan it now: Rodeo tickets are $10 and include supper on Thursday and Friday nights. woodwardelksrodeo.com