Cowtown Rodeo and Flea Market
780 Harding Highway
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
“I truly bow down to Cowtown! “ -The Yummygal
You really can’t miss Cowtown upon your arrival. There is a large fiberglass cowboy that stands 20 feet tall and a big bull nestled outside its headquarters. Our typical “Jersey” way to greet you!
Cowtown screams nostalgia to the folks of South Jersey. Since 1929, Howard “Stoney” Harris started the annual rodeo tradition in Woodstown, NJ. His son in 1961, Howard purchased 1200 acres of property at the current location of Cowtown Rodeo. Howard also added a livestock auction, farmers market, and a 2,500 seat rodeo arena to the mix. By 1967, its popularity grew and a 4,000 seat arena was constructed. As you can see, we “Jersey folks” are a little country!
The tradition still continues today. Every Saturday night in the Summer season, the Cowtown Rodeo comes alive. They offer professional events such as; bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and steer wrestling. The rodeo is the longest running rodeo in America. Cowtown is now at the helm of its fourth generation, Howard and Betty Grant Harris. Most of the bucking stock are descendants of the original stock that have been raised since the 1970s.
The flea market also holds its own tradition, you can find wonderful goodies at the Amish Market with its renowned German apple-walnut cake, bargain with the vendors to get those hot new designer looks and still walk out with most of your cash!
Kim H. from Wake Forest, North Carolina states on a review from Yelp.com:
” I visited Cowtown for the first time and I had a ball. I was like a kid in a candy store, there was so much to choose from like hair accessories, clothes for all, shoes, house hold items, trinkets, you name it somebody had it. The prices were great; I left with a bag full and didn’t spend $50. Purses were $10, reading glasses were 2 for $8. 5th Avenue perfume was $32 for a large bottle. I didn’t get to see everything so I will definitely be going back.”
The Yummygal came here with her son and another young lady to enjoy a nice Tuesday afternoon and bargain! We had a great time. We saw the animals, purchased some delicious cake from the Amish market (red-velvet chocolate if you are wondering), and picked up a few goodies to take home with us!
The flea market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 4 PM.
This is a South Jersey tradition traveling to Woodstown. Generation after generation has continued to enjoy this local staple for the last 64 years. It will most-likely continue its family ownership with Betty and Howard “Grant” passing the torch to their daughter, Katy. Katy continues to work at the ranch with her parents keeping the tradition alive.
Ladies and Gentlemen, grab your cowboy hats and head on out to Cowtown Rodeo, where memories are created. I’m also ready for a little square dancing…. Heeee Haw! You won’t be disappointed. Oh, and try the warm peanuts!
We all have made memories at Cowtown. What are yours?
Until our next adventure! -The Yummygal