In 1981, the Wapello FFA members and their advisor, Ron Stover, took a big step to bring bucking broncs and beefed up bulls to their hometown. FFA members worked hard to get it all together, even building gates in class to make the arena and then selling them to farmers for fundraising. The Wapello Rodeo has been going strong ever since.
While at the show, you may hear mention of The Scott Keltner Memorial All-Round Cowboy Buckle. This is named in honor of a previous Wapello FFA Member who lost his life traveling from a rodeo. In 2008, the George Gerst Memorial Fast Time Award was also added. George and his family have been long time supporters of the Wapello Rodeo and the western lifestyle.
Our previously amateur-sanctioned rodeo has grown throughout its 28 years, and was awarded the IRCA “Most Improved Rodeo” title for 2008. In 2009, the FFA members and advisor, Irv Meier, held true to their motto: Step up and step out. Just as their parents and other FFA members before them, they have took the challenge to make the show better than ever before. With only months to go, they made a major leap and received Pro Rodeo status with the support of their community.
The current Wapello FFA Chapter continues to work hard on not only providing the best in entertainment to Louisa County, but also to create a Community Center to be used by all. Their Five Year Plan includes developing the park into a multi-use recreational area; including baseball diamonds, a covered arena, outdoor track and much more.
Brenda's Chuck Wagon
Sweet Treats Ice Cream
Old Fashion Kettle Corn
2017 Campers Ticket Package
*must be actively involved with rodeo to be a camper*
Fee: Electrical $95.00 / Non-electrical $80.00.
NO reservations. Camping is First Come First Serve. Payment will have to be made at the time of the request to guarantee a spot. Campers will be issued a camping pass. This must be placed in your camper window, visible from the outside. These will be issued at the time of payment and will be needed to enter the campground. All City of Wapello rules apply. No minors will be allowed to stay overnight in the campground without adult supervision, or prior approval from the Wapello FFA Advisor. Campers will be able to come into the campground starting at 8:00 am Thurs. and must be on grounds by noon on Friday. Please enter at the southeast entrance. Non-refundable.
Fee includes camping for the duration of the Rodeo Thursday - Sunday, plus 2 adult tickets for Friday and 2 adult tickets for Saturday. Please contact #319-212-0637 for campground information