Have your plans been set, if not this 4th of July tradition is one to attend! Mandan, North Dakota is home to the World's Oldest Rodeo as the Mandan Rodeo Days celebrates its 143rd anniversary. A legendary event, the Mandan Rodeo dates back to first as a baseball game and pony races in 1879, with the first documented bronc riding competition held in 1882.

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Cowboy Christmas 

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The Mandan Rodeo evolved over the years and became famous as part of the "big loop" that includes to this day the Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Calgary Stampede. This route allows cowboys to make one gigantic loop around the Fourth of July traveling from rodeo to rodeo, winning money in what was and is referred to still today as the "Cowboy Christmas".  There is more money up for grabs over the course of only a few days than any other time of year across the country in the rodeo arena; hence "Cowboy Christmas."

Rodeo Action 

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This will be the final year... dubbed "The Final Crack On The Track" of the Mandan Rodeo being held at the Dacotah Park where it has been held on the racetrack for decades. This sanctioned PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) and Women's Professional Rodeo Association event will be receiving a new home in 2023 at the new $2.8 million facilities, the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Rodeo Grounds, and the Dale Pahlke Arena. The Dakota Rodeo Company, known for dynamic opening and closing ceremonies, will again be providing outstanding bucking stock seen at such events as the PRCA National Finals and the PBR which makes this rodeo stand out in the world of professional rodeo.

Make or Break 

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The Mandan Rodeo attracts more than 500 cowboys and cowgirls from around the world in hopes of winning their piece of the over $160,000 purse. This legendary 3-night event takes place July 2nd - 4th, and is one for all ages to see!

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