The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration, held annually on during the Independence Day holiday at Dacotah Centennial Park in Mandan, N.D., celebrates its 140th year in 2019. The rodeo, which was named PRCA Badlands Circuit Rodeo of the Year in 2016, is July 2-4.
This community-wide celebration began 10 years before North Dakota statehood. The rodeo, coordinated by a subcommittee of the Mandan Progress Organization, is the largest regular-season PRCA rodeo in North Dakota, attracting top cowboys and cowgirls. A total payoff of more than $100,000 is only possible because of generous support from local sponsors. The rodeo features chuckwagon racing, mutton busting for children and a Miss Rodeo Mandan queen and princess pageant along with entertainment from top rodeo clowns and specialty performers. Other celebration activities include an Independence Day Parade, Art in the Park Festival, a 5K walk and run, a golf tournament, baseball games and a gigantic fireworks display after the final rodeo performance.
A Short History of Mandan Rodeo Days
The Mandan Rodeo is legendary, beginning as a Fourth of July event in 1879 with a baseball game and pony races. In 2019 the event celebrates its 140th anniversary.
In 1895, the Morton County Fair Association was established, and money was dedicated to building a fence and oval race track in south Mandan.
As vice-president of the State Fair Association and a prominent horse rancher from Flasher, Stephen P. Weekes was instrumental in the event’s development, along with his sons, Steve and Charlie, and his son-in-law, Max Theil, who created the Heart River Roundup, and “Badlands Bill” McCarty joined the effort to create the Mandan Roundup in 1923.
Today, at Dacotah Centennial Park, the Mandan Rodeo continues to touch the lives and hearts of many over the Fourth of July. The rodeo is coordinated by a subcommittee of the Mandan Progress Organization and is held on the racetrack. It is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and attracts more than 500 cowboys and cowgirls to compete for a purse of nearly $130,000. This includes $70,000 in added prize money made possible with the generous support of local sponsors.
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