1. Some of Louisiana’s most violent criminals have taken part in America’s longest-running prison rodeo.
The annual Angola Prison Rodeo took place on Saturday in a 10,000-seater stadium located next to the jail.
Ironically only the best-behaved prisoners get to take part in events such as Convict Poker (above) during the rodeo.
2. The rodeo started in 1965 in a small arena built by a handful of inmates and prison personnel and was opened to the public in 1967.
In five decades the event has grown from a small event for prisoners into a big business that draws thousands of spectators.
3. Proceeds from the event go towards the prison’s Inmate Welfare Fund, which helps pay for the prisoners’ education and recreational supplies.
In events such as Guts & Glory, prisoners try to snatch a poker chip tied to a bull’s head.
Those competing in the rodeo have to pass a physical beforehand to see if they’re strong and healthy enough to take part.
4. According to the prison’s athletic director Gary Frank, thousands of other inmates work throughout the year making arts and crafts to sell at the event.
5. Frank said of those who take part in the rodeo: “They sometimes get hurt but they know the dangers.”
6. “Everybody has an inner kid in them and they just want to play. If they get into a fight, they don’t get to play – it helps take out the nonsense.”
7. The inmates also got to meet Miss Rodeo Louisiana Hannah Bergeron.