Crazy Horse Stampede rodeo will be June 13-15 in South Dakota | TSLN.com

Crazy Horse Stampede rodeo will be June 13-15 in South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial supports the Crazy Horse Stampede to further the Memorial’s goals of cultural understanding. The late Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, daughter of Memorial sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Memorial CEO Ruth Ziolkowski, directed the rodeo for more than 20 years. Anne frequently underscored the importance of the rodeo beyond sports competition, saying, “If we can play together, we can work together.” Courtesy photo

It's not often you have the chance to bring your family to a PRCA sanctioned rodeo with a view of the World's Largest Mountain Carving in Progress. In fact, to best of our knowledge it's only once a year and it's here at the annual Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo is held in mid-June at Crazy Horse Memorial outdoor arena. The Crazy Horse Stampede is one of the few rodeos to offer events sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA).

Crazy Horse Memorial supports the Crazy Horse Stampede to further the Memorial's goals of cultural understanding. The late Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, daughter of Memorial sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Memorial CEO Ruth Ziolkowski, directed the rodeo for more than 20 years. Anne frequently underscored the importance of the rodeo beyond sports competition, saying, "If we can play together, we can work together."

The GPIRA rodeo is held on Friday to open the three-day event. The PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events are held Saturday and Sunday. The daily main rodeo performances begin at 2 p.m. "Slack" events to accommodate overflow registered contestants will be before the rodeos Friday and Saturday. The Stampede is a one go-round rodeo.

The Crazy Horse Stampede is produced by Korkow Rodeos, a national award-winning outfit based in South Dakota.

Even if you have never seen a bull buck, the animated rodeo clowns, energized announcers and talented contestants will sweep you up in the excitement of thrilling Crazy Horse Stampede arena action.

Daily rodeo admission is $12 for adults (ages 12 and up), $5 for children (age 7-11) and free for children age 6 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Crazy Horse main entrance or at the entrance to the rodeo grounds on the day of the rodeo.

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Your day at the Crazy Horse Stampede includes admission to the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex, where the Gift from Mother Earth Celebration takes place. You can visit the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA™, the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER™ and view the Dynamite and Dreams video in our visitor complex theatre. Your family can also take in in the new Mountain Museum and have a moment with the colossal Mountain carving from the spacious observation deck located between the Gift Shop and Laughing Water Restaurant, all included with purchase of a rodeo ticket. Additionally, for only $4 per person take a bus inside the blasting zone to the base of the mountain.

Each evening of the Rodeo and throughout summer the Legends in Light® laser-light show will begin at dusk. This one-of-a-kind performance appears on the magnificent backdrop of the 563 foot high Crazy Horse mountain carving.

For information on other Crazy Horse events including Volksmarches, Summer Lecture Series, night blasts and more, or to find how to become part of the Crazy Horse Dream please visit crazyhorse.org or like us on Facebook.

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