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first Pioneer City Rodeo was held fifty-three years ago on a
baseball field in Leaverton Park. The old wooden seats purchased
then held only
about 3,000 spectators and the ball field lights provided illumination
for the night performances. Prize money that first year was $1,500.00.
After two successful years, the Pioneer City Arena was constructed.
The newly developed Super Sports Lighter Floodlights were installed
and to this day no better lighting has been found. The purse that
year was doubled to $3,000.
World Record Set in Palestine
Denny Flynn, a native of Charleston, Arkansas, rode a bull named Red Lightning for a World Record score of 98 points on September 2, 1979, in our arena. It was a record that stood until 1991.
The Palestine Chamber
Commerce, the Pioneer City Arena Committee, and the people of
Palestine are dedicated to making our Labor Day Festival the
best to be found. Towards that goal, we are always happy to hear
of our visitors.