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.