Giddy up and get ready for Rodeo weekend, the best party in Three Forks. Here’s everything you need to know when you start planning your trip to the Headwaters for the end of July. Here are the highlights to hit during the favorite weekend in Three Forks.
Plan for Fun
This is a busy weekend in town, so it pays to plan ahead. Book your lodging and mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss out on room availability. You can also buy your rodeo ticket starting at the beginning of July, saving a few bucks and cutting out some time in line in the process.
The Three Forks bike paths connect the heart of town to the rodeo grounds, making an easy stroll of a commute from the Sacajawea. Parking is a non-issue when you don’t need to drive down to get there!
The Three Forks Rodeo dates back to 1946, when some cowboys in the Three Forks/Willow Creek Roping Club put together the first event. Planning passed from hand to hand through the years as different organizations took the reins (pun intended). Today, the Board of Directors of the rodeo grounds puts it on, and hundreds gather to get into the fun.
The rodeo embraces a long history, dating all the way back to the days of cowboys in the American and Mexican West during the late-19th century. Wild West shows and “Cowboy Tournaments” provided much-needed entertainment and a way to blow off steam out on the range. Riding and roping contests showed off the skills of talented cowboys. Today, you can still marvel at the sport of it and appreciate the need for many of these skills that ranchers continue to utilize today.
Go wild at the events
From barrel racing to calf roping, this National Rodeo Association event brings the down-home excitement to the arena. Starting at 7pm each night, the offerings go wild. Bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping take center stage for a spectacle that spectators love.
Saturday morning, hit Main Street for a small-town parade to remember. The Rodeo Dayz Parade and Street Fair kicks off at 11am on the Saturday of Rodeo Weekend. Watch teams of horses trot down the street, with plenty of hooting and hollering going on throughout the hour-long street celebration to carry you through to the height of the weekend.
After Party: Street Dance
Hit the streets and dance it up after the Rodeo on Saturday. The Sac Bar is a hotspot to grab a drink and dance your way down Main Street, where you’ll find food trucks and live music to carry you well into the evening. Slip into your cowboy boots and kick your heels up as you strut your stuff around town.
You’ll want to hit the Frontier Club for round two, taking in the local bands jamming all along the way. As you boogie back to the Sac, take in the energy of Main Street Three Forks closed down to vehicles and open for fun.
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