Rodeo Roundup: Make it a Western Summer

Rodeo Roundup: Make it a Western Summer

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Vowell, Jamie

Summer in Montana means rodeo, and there are plenty of boot stompin’, knee slappin’, bronc bustin’ events to choose from. Nearly every weekend you will find some of the West’s finest cowboys and cowgirls, both amateur and professional, competing in bull riding, team roping, bareback riding, saddle-bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and calf-roping events.

Clay Vines, a 2006 graduate of Livingston High School and team roper, says the fun part of being a rodeo competitor is spending time working with horses, traveling around the state meeting people, and making a few dollars. It’s a lot of work and a lot of travel but worth it. And worth watching! Fast-paced action keeps a rodeo audience on the edge of their seats! So rustle up your family and friends for some good ol’ fashioned summer fun in the tradition of the American West. Go to or for a complete listing of all Montana rodeo events this summer.

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo
June 16-17, 23-24, 30-July 1
Many events,

NRA Father’s Day Rodeo, Gardiner
June 17-18
Parade and dance, kids’ events

Annual Wilsall Rodeo
June 17-18; Rodeo, BBQ, parade

Big Timber Rodeo
June 23-24
NRA sanctioned, parade

Livingston Chamber Roundup Rodeo & Parade
July 2–4
Parade, fireworks, rodeo, concert by the Saddletramps

Home of Champions Rodeo & Parade, Red Lodge
July 2–4 PRCA rodeo; national champions

Big Sky Rodeo
Fourth of July, indoor arena, calf scramble for kids

Ennis Rodeo
Fourth of July
Best rodeo and parade in the state! NRA sanctioned

Gallatin County Fair, Bozeman
July 19–23
Carnival, animals, fun

Montana’s Biggest Weekend, Dillon
September 2-4
Parade, concert, PRCA sanctioned

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