By Phillip Kitts
Fort Smith, Ark., has played host to a major rodeo in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for more than 80 years. In the history of the rodeo, the event has seen many changes within our nation and our culture. Even the arena the rodeo has called home has gone through major changes, transitioning from a fully outdoor venue to a completely covered arena.
Not only is Old Fort Days steeped in history and tradition, but this rodeo has become one of the more popular June rodeos in the business.
During the years every major player in pro rodeo has made a stop in Fort Smith including most all National Finals Rodeo qualifiers and World Champions. Even the leadership in the rodeo has some world champion flare with title-holding bull rider Denny Flynn as a key member of the rodeo team.
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