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Help us reach our goal!

The support we have received from the community has been astounding. We have raised $6.2 million with a goal of $9 million (cost of construction). The amount raised has allowed us to secure financing and commence construction. We are continuing our capital campaign efforts to lessen the long term debt which will allow us to give more back to our community.

Arcadia Rodeo Announces Groundbreaking for New Mosaic Arena

It is with great Pride the All Florida Championship Rodeo Association announces the groundbreaking of our new home, Mosaic Arena, will be held Friday, January 6.  Construction will commence immediately with an estimated completion date in the fall of 2017.

The Mosaic Arena will feature 7,796 seats, approximately 1,600 more than the historical arena providing more comfortable seating for all attendees.  Ample parking, faster more convenient ticketing and expanded concessions will also be a draw for patrons wanting a centralized venue to attend the “Granddaddy of Them All”, as well as many new events.  Four new VIP areas will provide attending dignitaries, donors and sponsor another incentive to participate. Two 20 stall barns will allow new equestrian event opportunities and The William G. “Kayo” Welles Florida Cowboy Museum will be a destination for history buffs providing even more community tourism.

The Board of Directors, volunteers and building team have worked diligently to ensure the transition into the new arena is smooth and the success of the Arcadia Rodeo continues. Every inch of this facility has been meticulously planned to not only improve upon an already successful rodeo but to be a five star facility our grandkids can enjoy with pride.

It will be bittersweet to leave our current arena. Built in 1959, we have made countless memories here. That long history is not just ours but belongs to our entire community.  With this expansion we build upon the foundational history built so soundly by our forefathers using their traditions and memories to create more into future generations.


The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo
Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that dates back to 1952. It is the oldest rodeo organization in the state of Florida which has evolved from its pioneer beginnings to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation. The Rodeo’s signature event is the three-day annual March Rodeo. Participants compete for purses and points aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo, the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rodeo Association also hosts a variety of sporting events throughout the year including a Youth Rodeo Series, WRCA Ranch Rodeos and a Memorial Day Barrel Race.
About The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com and www.mosaicindesoto.com.
Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo Unveils Plans for New Mosaic Arena

The Arcadia Rodeo will soon have a new home that will bring additional opportunities to benefit DeSoto County and the Rodeo community. With support from The Mosaic Company Foundation and other donors, the Rodeo has entered the public support phase for their capital campaign.

Plans for the new Mosaic Arena were unveiled as part of opening ceremonies for the 87th annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, which ran through March 15, 2015. The new $6 million arena will be made possible thanks to a $3 million grant from The Mosaic Company Foundation, as well as support from other major donors and members of the local community.

The new 7,796-seat Mosaic Arena will provide increased capacity and functionality for the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, as well as provide new opportunities to host other community events. This new state-of-the-art facility will attract more participants and spectators to DeSoto County – improving the economic landscape by benefiting local businesses and civic organizations. The construction of the new facility is also expected to have a regional economic impact of more than $9.5 million.

“Given the success of the rodeo, a new arena is something the DeSoto community has contemplated for many years. We are grateful to our many donors including The Mosaic Company Foundation,” says Don T. Hall, Arcadia Rodeo President. “This is a significant undertaking and we are pleased the Foundation, donors and community-at-large share in our vision for a vibrant DeSoto County.”

The signature three-day Arcadia Rodeo event each March is an important economic driver for DeSoto County and an estimated 94 percent of attendees travel from outside the county to attend the event. The 2014 event attracted almost 16,000 visitors and brought approximately $1 million in economic benefits to the area.

“The Mosaic Company Foundation is delighted to partner with the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo to provide greater opportunities for DeSoto County through this new venue,” says Bo Davis, Sr. Vice President, Phosphate Operations and board member of The Mosaic Company Foundation. “This is an important economic development project in Arcadia and a great community partnership.”

The facility that currently houses the rodeo and other events was built in 1959 and has aged to the point where renovations or repairs are no longer cost-effective; this will be the rodeo’s third home. Construction on the new arena is slated to begin later this year adjacent to the Turner Agri-Civic Center. The two buildings will complement each other to attract new events to the area.

Construction of the new arena will employ an estimated 70 contractor jobs during the construction phase. After the arena is operational, the facility and rodeo will be managed by an executive director who will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility, supervise a small contract staff for special events, manage ongoing fundraising efforts, construction of the arena, marketing, and all ongoing business affairs.



Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.

Doyle & Debbie Carlton, III

The William G. “Kayo” Welles IV Family

Terry & Susie Welles


The William G. & Marie Selby Foundation

Tom & Jan Hollingsworth

R. Dean Hautamaki

First State Bank of Arcadia

Ryals Cattle, LLC

Arcadia Stockyard

Richard & Karen Johnson Family Fund with the GiveWell Community Foundation

Turner Realty Co.

Vose & Dixie Babcock

DeSoto Ag & Auto

Arnold Simonsen

DeSoto Chrysler Dodge Ford Jeep

Florida Department of Agriculture

The Vaughn Jordan Foundation

Roland and Lynda Durrance


Hurlburt Foundation

Don T. & Cynthia Hall

Jimmy Yarbrough (In Memory of Matt Condo)

Louis & Gertrude Morgan Foundation

Elk Hammock Ranch

Creighton Construction

James S. & Frances Parker

The Kevin and Lynn Shelfer Family

Mabry Carlton Ranch Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Rex Harper


Fussell Meats, LLC

David Carlton

Bethel Farms, LLP

Ron Jones, Sr.

Smuggler’s Community Foundation

Florida Fertilizer Co., Inc.

Womack Sanitation

Kirk & Rae Malcom

William & Kay Wise

Dick and Peggy Akins

Harplyn Inc.

Matt & Jackie Condo

Correct Care, LLC

Brian Phillips

Carl Sharp

Caldwell Trust Company

James Barfield


Arcadia Gun Club

Barkett law

Cowboy Church

Anthony & Ruth Blumenthal

In Memory of John R. Wall

Walter & Elaine Brown

Rusty & Amanda Cox

Alfred & Nancy Higginbotham

Douglas & Carolyn Holder

Buddy & Sandy Mansfield

Ronald & Debra Neads

Marshall & Charlotte Orr

Roy & Ruth Quinn

George & Tina Skestos

Rosalina & Joseph Steir

Bill & Linda Strickland

John & Jan Sullivan

Billie & Marty Vasek

Willie & Annie Wood

Wittmer & Linehan

Elaine Ackley

Shawn Agnini

Sarasota And Manatee County Bar in Honor of James S. Parker

Diane Young

United Country / Gulfland Real Estate

Bradley Swenson

John & Teri Dees

Geoffrey & Alexandra Smith

Miriam Bjuman

Dennis Brown

Jimmy Barrera

Jacqueline Bourland

Thomas P. Butler, Jr.

Mickey Callanen

Dr. Barbara Carlton

Linda Clarkson

Carroll Carvel

James Colburn

Michael Collin

Thomas Cook

David Coonan

Thomas Cory

Lorenzo Dixon

Karen Dunbar

Mary Ellen Dunne

Scott Engel



Naomi Farr

Robert Feuerborn

Judith Hadden

Kay Lyons

Riguey Valencia

Kathleen Van Hauwe

David Van Hauwe

Christopher Verney

John Vice

Jim Vroman

Heather Waldron

Carl Walker

Sweetwood Citrus, Inc.

Eric Hagerstrom

Gary Heiberg

Robert Heustis

Buster & Cheryl Hall

Michael Hill

Shirley Hill

Robert Hookailo

Ellis Hudson

Heather Hurley

Linda Jones

Richard Jones

Thomas Jones

John Kelieher

Laurie Kirkpatrick

Butch Knuppenburg

Lloyd Lavailey

Michael Lennie

Sonja Limer

Steven Lindahl

Harvey Long

Robbie Lucas

Andrea Lundin

Polly Rowan

James & Susan Lanier

Maureen Walker

Cindy Watson

Kenneth Westfall

Betty Whitis

Randi Willis

Jean Wood

Morris Kulmery

Bryan & Shauna Kesseler

Peter Matton

Andrea Macko

Daniela Miartus

Shelley McPhail

Judith Miller

Kenneth Mann

Sandra Miller

Linda Milligan

Edward Montegari

Edward Napoleon

Judy Narutowicz

Edmond Nole

Isabel Norton

Ronald Norvell

Tomasz Nowak

Harold Orr

Cathy Payne

Duncan Person

Don Poppenhager

Jim Price

Virginia Pringle

Megan Richardson

Michael Roush

Jason Zalva

Darlene Shall

Doug Shearer

Beverly Smith

John Steile

Michael Stiles

Victoria Schell

Terry Tingley

Nancy Triggs

Neal Land Ventures, LLC