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In towns across South Dakota, people gather to watch and participate in a time-honored tradition – Rodeo.

Add a South Dakota rodeo to your itinerary for a blast of entertainment. Rodeo is an exciting way to take in the culture of the area. It’s a South Dakota experience that you’ll talk about for a lifetime.

The sport of rodeo evolved from the daily chores of ranchers in the West and Midwest. Cowboys first began competing against one another on the ranches where they worked to see who was better at certain everyday tasks. They began competing against neighboring ranches and, shortly after, an association was formed and the sport of rodeo was born. The first rodeo in South Dakota is thought to have taken place in Rosebud in the late 1890s. Rodeo continues to provide an exciting and thrilling tribute to ranch life from generations past.

South Dakota is home to past and present rodeo greats like Casey Tibbs, Mattie Newcombe and Billy Etbauer. 

There are dozens of rodeos that take place annually across our great state, varying from PRCA to 4-H and high school-level events, so, "cowboy up" and plan to attend a South Dakota rodeo. To help you decide, see the rodeos listed below the video.


Rodeo & Bull Riding Schedule 

  Event Name City Dates Trip Planner

SDRA Foothills Rodeo

Wessington Springs May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015

Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo and Gift from Mother Earth

Crazy Horse Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015

Interior Frontier Days

Interior Jul 3, 2015 - Jul 5, 2015

Watertown 4-H Rodeo

Watertown Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015

Burke Stampede Rodeo

Burke Jul 16, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015

Murdo Ranch Rodeo

Murdo Jul 18, 2015

Days of '76 Rodeo

Deadwood Jul 21, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015

Glacial Lakes 4-H Rodeo

Sisseton Aug 2, 2015

Brown County Fair

Aberdeen Aug 10, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015

White River Frontier Days Rodeo

White River Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015

Riverboat Days Extreme Bull Riding

Yankton Aug 22, 2015

Foothills Bud Light Bull Bash

Wessington Springs Sep 4, 2015