Blaine County, MT (NMB)-The Blaine County Fair is once again home to the Bear Paw Roundup PRCA Rodeo August 11th and 12th at the Blaine County Fair in Chinook, Montana.
Dennis Kleinjan, President of the Bear Paw Roundup Club, says this will be the rodeo’s 21st appearance, and the quality of the performances makes it unique to the area.
“It’s partially because it is a professional rodeo. It’s the top 15 that will end up at the national finals rodeo in Vegas; this is a qualifier rodeo for that.”
Kleinjan says getting good names to come this far north is a challenge.
“We’re trying to get some of the bigger names which is tough because we’re so far from everywhere and 5-plus dollars for diesel makes it really hard to get contestants that want to drive this far, but we get some good names and have some pretty good stock and try to put on a good show.”
One event making a return is the outhouse races which was a huge success as the finale from last year. Both nights will have mutton busting and local ranch bronc riding. Friday’s finale will be the top three ranch bronc riders from both evenings and their broncs will be wearing costumes.
Kleinjan says the two-day rodeo begins Thursday the 11th with “Going Ag Family Night”, also their “Wear Pink Night” with children 12 and under admitted free with adults cost $10. On Friday night is “North-40 Patriot night”, encouraging the public to wear red-white and blue. Adults are $10 and 12 and under are $5.