Rodeo to stampede into Minot |

Rodeo to stampede into Minot

Cutline: JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D., is one of 90-plus contestants who will be in Minot for the annual Y’s Men’s Rodeo, hosting the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. The rodeo attracts fans with its western experience weekend. Photo by Peggy Gander
Peggy Gander |

Minot, N.D. (September 8, 2016) – The mood in Minot is about to get a little bit western!

Cowboys and cowgirls, trucks and trailers, horses and bulls will descend upon the North Dakota State Fair Center October 6-9, as the annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo stampedes into town!

For the 62nd year, the rodeo will take place, with cowboys and cowgirls and their bovine and equine counterparts entertaining fans in seven standard pro rodeo events: bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and the grand finale each night, the bull riding!

It’s entertainment for fans, but it’s serious competition for the contestants. The Y’s Men’s Rodeo hosts the PRCA’s Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, with the twelve best cowboys in each event (and the cowgirls in the barrel racing), competing for the title of Badlands champion!

And it’s more than just four days of rodeo, it’s a western experience! The Cowboy Christmas show, with western and equine-related items, including décor, furniture, tack, and more will entice shoppers. The smell of chili wafting through the air will beckon rodeo fans to the inaugural chili cook-off on October 8. A Wild West Rodeo for children with special needs will take place on October 6, and the rodeo’s annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, raising money for the Cancer Exercise Rehab Program will be on October 7. The 2017 Miss Rodeo North Dakota is crowned on October 9.

The Y’s Men’s Rodeo attracts a wide variety of people, says Phyllis Burckhard, Executive Director of Visit Minot. “It’s not only an attraction for the people who live in Minot and the surrounding areas, but it draws people from all over the state and from Canada.” The rodeo is solely run on volunteer power, with proceeds going to support the Triangle Y Camp at Garrison, N.D. “The volunteers are incredible,” she said. “They just do a marvelous job. The money they raise is used for Y Camp, for kids who aren’t able to afford to go, or need assistance. It’s all put to such a good purpose.”

Tickets for the Y’s Men’s Rodeo range in price from $23 for silver seating and $33 for gold seating. Children ages twelve and under are $13 in the silver seating; in gold seating, they are $33. They can be purchased online at or at the gate. For more information, visit the website at

–Minot Ys Mens Rodeo

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