The word “rodeo” is steeped in tradition, a tradition defined as “an exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skills in riding broncs, roping calves, wrestling steers and timed events.” Rodeo is South Dakota’s state sport. There’s a wide offering for youth, with one of the most popular being the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Association. Although many competitions have been cancelled this year because of COVID-19, including some of the large events such as Calgary Stampede and Cheyenne Frontier Days, 4-H rodeo has been able to supply the youth with several contests.
During the past few weekends, many of our Kingsbury County area youth have been participating in the sport of rodeo. Watertown, Huron and Clark have all hosted rodeos this year. The top four finalists in each event will advance to the State Finals Rodeo held in Ft. Pierre from Aug. 14-16, where they will compete for saddles, buckles and prizes.