Gold buckles in Minot

Farm Forum

MINOT, N.D. – Rodeo: it’s a rough and tough sport, born on the plains of North America, before X-Boxes and video games were around and cowboys, bored on a Sunday afternoon, challenged each other: “I bet I can ride that wild bronc longer than you can.”

Now those challenges are issued- and answered – at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, held at the North Dakota State Fair Center October 8-11. The best of the best – -the top twelve cowboys in each event (and the cowgirls in the barrel racing) – compete for four performances, all in the hopes of winning the gold buckle for the Badlands Circuit.

The Minot rodeo stampedes into the State Fair Center at 6:30 pm on Oct. 8-10 and at 1:30 pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 ,with seven events: bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding.

It puts Minot on the rodeo map, and it is a great event for families, says Phyllis Burckhard, Executive Director of Visit Minot, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau. “The rodeo is something that draws a lot of people to Minot,” she said. “It’s great family entertainment for every age.” The rodeo also puts Minot on a national stage, since it is one of twelve circuit finals held nationally. “The jackets the (Y’s Men and the contestants) wear have the Visit Minot logo on the front lapel, and those jackets get worn all over the country.”

Fans are treated to more than just rodeo for the weekend. A Cowboy Christmas trade show offers spectators the chance to view and purchase western décor, attire, art, and more. Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2016 is crowned on October 11, and some of the pageant activities are open to the public.

The rodeo has been hosted by the Minot Y’s Men since it began in 1954 and all proceeds from it go to the Triangle Y Camp on Lake Sakakawea at Garrison, N.D. The Y’s Men also donate their talents, time and resources in improving the campgrounds. Since the rodeo began, over $1 million has gone into the camp in both monetary donations and labor and materials.

Minot is pleased to host the rodeo, with over 100 of the best cowboys and cowgirls from North and South Dakota competing. “It’s really something we’re proud of,” Burckhard said. “The Y’s Men have such a good reputation, and what they stand for is excellent. They show they put on is awesome.”

Tickets are on sale for the rodeo online at Gold seating tickets are $30 for all ages. Silver seating is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. For more information, visit the rodeo’s website, its Facebook page, or email