Wild West Rodeo
There’s nothing like a Big Timber rodeo to experience the old Western way of life. Spectators of all ages converge to the fairgrounds near the Yellowstone River to watch the various entertaining events….everything from mutton busting to bull riding!
The last weekend in June is reserved for Rodeo Days in the small town of Big Timber. It’s a time for family get-to-gethers, class reunions, and an influx of tourists to enjoy the two day event. People gather in the grandstand in the early evening…and let the fun begin!
Bronc riders, bull riders, and steer wrestlers compete to win the prize money. Often these cowboys “bite the dust” without a score and go home empty handed. Calf roping and barrel racing test the skills of the participants who are trying to mark the best time.
Probably the most popular events of the rodeo are the mutton busting and the wild cow race. A youngster is put on a feisty sheep, grabs a handful of wool, and hangs on for dear life as the sheep races across the arena. The little buckaroo that stays on the sheep longest before falling face first into the dirt is the winner. The wild cow race is the rip-roaring finale of the evening. Several teams, each consisting of three brave souls, try to saddle a very uncooperative cow and ride it to a marked destination. Lots of chaos and confusion arises as cowboys are dragged across the arena and riders continually get pitched from the saddle. These two events really activate crowd enthusiasm!
The rodeo is a summer highlight for both guests and staff….a real “memory maker” for a family vacation at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch.