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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
1

Legendary Hart Ranch Rodeo

Rapid City May 23, 2014 - May 25, 2014
2

Foothills Rodeo Queen Contest & Lil Miss & Mister

Wessington Springs May 23, 2014
3

SDRA Foothills Rodeo

Wessington Springs May 24, 2014 - May 25, 2014
4

2014 Regional High School Rodeo

Watertown Jun 6, 2014 - Jun 8, 2014
5

Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo & Gift from Mother Earth Celebration

Crazy Horse Jun 13, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
6

ESTELLINE RODEO DAYS

Estelline Jun 20, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014
7

Crystal Springs Ranch Rodeo

Clear Lake Jun 26, 2014 - Jun 28, 2014
8

Mobridge Sitting Bull Stampede Rodeo

Mobridge Jul 2, 2014 - Jul 4, 2014
9

95th Annual Black Hills Round Up

Belle Fourche Jul 3, 2014 - Jul 6, 2014
10

Fort Pierre's 4th of July Parade, Rodeo & Firework

Fort Pierre Jul 4, 2014
11

Lemmon Boss Cowman Days

Lemmon Jul 10, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
12

Eastern Dakota 4-H Rodeo

Watertown Jul 12, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
13

44th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo

Mitchell Jul 17, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014
14

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Parade

Mitchell Jul 19, 2014
15

Days of '76 Rodeo

Deadwood Jul 22, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
16

Sioux Empire Fair

Sioux Falls Aug 1, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014
17

Legendary Hart Ranch Rodeo

Rapid City Aug 14, 2014 - Aug 16, 2014
18

White River Frontier Days Wacipi & Rodeo

White River Aug 16, 2014 - Aug 18, 2014
19

Miller Lite Bull Bash

Mitchell Aug 20, 2014
20

Bike Rodeo

Pickstown Aug 30, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014
21

Foothills Bull Bash

Wessington Springs Sep 6, 2014
22

Mobridge Beef n Fun Days

Mobridge Sep 13, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014