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2016 101 Great Western Events by American Cowboy magazine

2014 North Dakota Travel & Tourism Event of the Year

Kids’ Stuff

The Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration includes activities for kids of all ages. Plan to join the fun!

Rodeo Kids’ Activities

Family  Night – July 2

5 p.m. Townsquare Radio Rodeo Feed (free with rodeo ticket.) Includes a money scramble in the straw, face painting, stick horse barrel racing, dummy roping and other kids’ activities. Enter the “Dress Like A Rodeo Clown” contest.

At  the gate ONLY – Receive $2 off a child’s rodeo ticket with purchase of an adult ticket. (Children under age 6 admitted free with a paying adult.)


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Stickhorse Race – July 2 & 3

stickhorse1On July 2 and July 3, the first 50 children age 6 and under who enter the gates and wish to participate in the Stick Horse Race will receive a free stick horse.


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Mutton Busting – July 2-3-4

Young cowboys and cowgirls try to ride sheep and win trophies in the Mutton Busting contest at each rodeo performance. Ten contestants, ages 4 to 7 and weighing no more than 60 pounds, are accepted each night.

This year radio station KQ94.5 will be handling the registration. Parents may register their child online for the July 2 and 3 mutton busting at the KQ94.5 facebook page beginning Monday, June 6. A random draw will determine which children are allowed to ride. Listen to KQ 94.5 with Ginger G and Jay Dylan for a chance to register your child for July 4 mutton busting beginning June 6.  ENTRIES OPEN JUNE 6.

Mutton busting contestants should wear western attire including jeans, boots and a long-sleeved shirt. Protective helmets and vests are required and will be provided. Parents of mutton busting contestants must also sign a liability waiver.

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Main Street Kids’ Activities

Downtown activities take place in and around Main Street during all three days.

  • Barrel Train Rides
  • FreeCovered Wagon Rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Doll & Pet Parade for kids 11 and under
  • Mighty Thomas Carnival
  • Children’s Band at Art in the Park


July 4 ONLY

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Street Festival
  • Classic Car Parade
  • Independence Day Parade
  • Old West Re-enactors
  • Huge Fireworks Display following Rodeo


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