Photo Credit: Bill Lawless

By Karla Erovick

It’s hard to find a better form of entertainment than the St. Paul Rodeo. Every year during the July 4th weekend rodeo enthusiasts descend on the town of St. Paul.  The multi-day event features some of the best competitors on the rodeo circuit due to the large prize money that is available to the winners.

The St. Paul Rodeo is now in its’ 82nd year and that is something to celebrate. This is an event that appeals to all ages and it supplies good, clean family-fun. The drama of the live competitions involving 600 rodeo competitors, and fast horses, bucking bulls, and calves, is thrilling.

Imagine sitting in the grandstand and watching the pageantry of dozens of men and women on horse- back riding into the arena behind a full complement of flags bearers. The national anthem follows, sung by the same soloist (at many performances) for the past 42 years, Mary Ann Zielinski  The opening festivities set a patriotic tone that makes one proud to be an American.

The spectators are treated to a show of the best horse men and women in the business. You can also enjoy tasty food, a Wild West Art Show, and live music.  The historic grandstand is small enough to offer excellent viewing from every reserved seat yet big enough to be serious venue.

The events move quickly and showcase a variety of rodeo competitors and events. Listening to the announcer, a seasoned pro describe the event and the competitors provides a new appreciation for the skill that is involved. It goes so quickly, one event followed by the next, and then the rodeo is winding down.

The evening concludes with an impressive fireworks display each and every night and it is worth sticking around. For adventurous adults, the Tack Room Saloon, the onsite bar is a must-see experience. It was voted “Best Cowboy Bars in the West “by American Cowboy Magazine for being an authentic cowboy bar. Remarkably, it is only open a few days each year and only during the Rodeo.

While there are many activities that happen around the Fourth of July, this event should be on your list.


More information is available at

Tickets are available at or on the day of the event.

Dates: 2017 – June 30 – July 4. Most shows are at 7:30 pm.