The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration, held annually on during the Independence Day holiday at Dacotah Centennial Park in Mandan, N.D., celebrates its 138th year in 2017. This year the fun runs July 1-4, beginning Saturday, July 4 with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event. The rodeo, which was named PRCA Badlands Circuit Rodeo of the Year in 2016, is July 2-4.
This community-wide celebration began 10 years before North Dakota statehood. The rodeo, coordinated by a subcommittee of the Mandan Progress Organization, is the largest regular-season PRCA rodeo in North Dakota, attracting top cowboys and cowgirls. A total payoff of more than $100,000 is only possible because of generous support from local sponsors. The rodeo features chuckwagon racing, mutton busting for children and a Miss Rodeo Mandan queen and princess pageant along with entertainment from top rodeo clowns and specialty performers. Other celebration activities include an Independence Day Parade, Art in the Park Festival, a 5K walk and run, a golf tournament, baseball games and a gigantic fireworks display after the final rodeo performance.