Mandan Rodeo Days 2011: Special features planned |

Mandan Rodeo Days 2011: Special features planned

Mandan Rodeo Days has been inspiring fans to holler “Yeeeee Hawwww!” since 1879 with its celebration of western culture over the Fourth of July. This tradition of rip-roaring entertainment continues in 2011 with Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned competitions scheduled for July 2, 3 and 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Dacotah Centennial Park in Mandan, ND.

The rodeo will feature award-winning bucking stock from Frontier Rodeo Company out of Winnie, TX, and Freedom, OK. Frontier had 19 head of bareback horses, saddle broncs and bulls selected to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2010 including top WNFR saddle bronc horse “Medicine Woman” and second runner-up bareback horse “Delta Ship.”

Chuck wagon races return by popular demand. Another highlight will be performances with horses, mules, longhorn cattle or buffalo by Amanda Payne of The One Armed Bandit and Company, Shidler, OK, 10-time ProRodeo specialty act of the year. Other attractions include clown and barrel man Justin Rumford of Ponca City, OK, with his wild ride, crocodile hunting and gorilla taming, cheerleading and motorcycle stunts; and Miss Rodeo Mandan queen and princess pageants. Professional rodeo announcer Tim Fuller of Claremore, OK, returns to keep fans informed of every buck, kick and jump.

Mandan Rodeo contestants again compete for nearly $42,000 in added money, $6,000 per event, thanks to support from many generous sponsors. This purse attracts top professional cowboys and cowgirls from the Badlands Circuit of North and South Dakota and across the nation including many Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) qualifiers.

Rodeo tickets go on sale June 1. Advance tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for kids for July 4. Advance tickets for other nights are $14 and $8, respectively. Reserved seat tickets are $20 through July 1. Tickets will be sold at the gate before each rodeo performance, $18 for adults and $9 for kids on July 4, and $16 for adults on the other nights. A discount will be provided for the July 2 Family Night of $2 off each child’s ticket with purchase of an adult ticket. Children under age six are admitted free of charge.

Stay tuned to for ticket sales locations, a schedule of events, and more information about Mandan Rodeo Days including Art-in-the-Park and the 4th of July Parade.

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