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2X PRCA Medium Sized Rodeo of the Year - 2018 & 2019

Roundup Repeat!

Belle Fourche Beacon | December 11, 2019

LAS VEGAS - The Black Hills Roundup has kept its lofty perch atop the rodeo world. For the second year in a row Belle Fourche’s signature event has been named best in the country by the PRCA.

Rodeo of the Year honors were presented to the Roundup Committee members and city representatives at the annual awards banquet held last Wednesday at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It was the perfect way to end the 100th anniversary celebration of the Roundup.

“Wow, it’s hard to put into words what it was like to hear our name called again,” said Keith Anderson, committee chairman. “It’s humbling. To think of the 100 other rodeos in our division and just to make the top five is really something.”

Anderson says it’s especially meaningful to win the award considering that the rodeo contestants themselves nominate and vote on the winner.

“It’s just nice to know that the contestants noticed all the hard work from the volunteers and the board members that go into putting on the Roundup,” Anderson said. “It says a lot for the support we get from our sponsors and the city.”

The Roundup was competing with five other finalists in the Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year category; Stephenville, Texas, Coleman Texas, Amarillo, Texas, and Estes Park, Colorado.

“There’s so much that goes into putting on this event, it’s a lot of moving pieces,” Anderson said. “Our goal as the Roundup committee is to try and make it bigger and better every year and we seemed to have been able to do that for the last few years. In 2020 we’ll be at this thing for 101 years. Maybe we’re getting a few things figured out.”

For 31 of those 101 years Powder River Rodeo has contracted with the Roundup to provided bucking stock. They were named 2019 Remuda Award winner. This prestigious award goes to the stock contracting firm that provides the best, most consistent pen of bucking horses, creating the best opportunities for contestants to score well.

“What a spectacular night we had at the “Rodeo Oscars,” said Powder River’s Lori Franzen. “This is such a prestigious award for our company and family. And for Blackfoot, Idaho winning small rodeo of the year and the second year for the Black Hills Roundup winning, we’re so proud to be a part of these amazing shows.”

As we reported last week, Anderson and several committee members were also in Vegas to conduct a little business. They attended seminars on rodeo-specific topics. They also booked performers for the 2020 event. Serving as barrel man will be Slim Gardner and the specialty act will be Jason Goodman with Young Living Percherons.

And while the NFR rolls on, it won’t be long until the 101st Black Hills Roundup which will take place June 30th - July 4th, 2020.

BH Roundup wins big

Dec 6, 2018

BELLE FOURCHE — The Black Hills Roundup was named the PRCA’s best Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the year Wednesday evening in Las Vegas.

Members of the Roundup committee were on hand in Vegas to receive the award.

Clay Crago, chairman of the Roundup committee said hearing the news was exciting.

“Just being in the top five was pretty dang cool,” he said. “We were sure hoping (to be selected) but I was just satisfied either way and then when they announced our name,

Crago was one of 17 committee members present at the banquet where the news was announced.

“So that was neat to have us all there,” Crago said. “A few tears were shed; it was really cool … (it took) 100 years to get it. It all fell into place from the induction into the PRCA Hall of Fame, and being nominated (for Medium Rodeo of the Year), and then winning it here and falling right into the 100th, I don’t think you could have a fairy tale story any better.”

The Roundup had been nominated one time before, in 2007, but this is the first time the rodeo took home the big honor.

To receive the nominations and ultimate win, contestants in the PRCA cast ballots for their favorite rodeos.

The Roundup was in contention with rodeos in Amarillo, Texas; Coleman, Texas; Estes Park, Colo.; and Stephenville, Texas.

Deadwood’s Days of ’76 rodeo moved up into the Large Outdoor Rodeo category this year for the first time, and it was nominated to be named the top event. Other large outdoor rodeos in contention were: Cheyenne, Wyo., Dodge City, Kan., Ogden, Utah and Pendleton, Ore, with the Pendleton Round-up ultimately receiving top honors.

The Black Hills Stock Show also received accolades when it received a nomination as the best large indoor rodeo of the year. It was in contention with Corpus Christi, Texas, Denver, Colo., Fort Worth, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo won the category.

The annual awards banquet helps kick off the National Finals Rodeo, with the first round of rodeo action held tonight.

The Black Hills Roundup, held July 2-6, will celebrate its century mark this coming summer. Crago said the “One Arm Bandit” will be back as a specialty act. There will be miniature chuck wagon races, two nights of fireworks, the popular parade, a concert downtown, and a larger cattle drive.

This year, the rodeo will have new grandstands. Construction crews demolished the old grandstands this fall as parts of the structure were rotting. Work on the new grandstands will occur throughout the winter.

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