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World's Smallest Rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show
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World's Smallest Rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show

For the younger set there's plenty of fun at Stock Show, Rodeo Rapid City


News Staff - January 15, 2020

RAPID CITY, SD – The first weekend of Rodeo Rapid City and the Black Hills Stock Show focuses on the next generation – young people.

Known for its dedication to the annual Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day, set for Fri., Jan. 31 and Sat., Feb. 1, volunteers with the Ag and Natural Resource Committee of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce roll out the red carpet for the kids.  There are 4-H and FFA events as well as open events and competitions-including for thousands of dollars in scholarships.  New this year is the first-ever Black Hills Stock Show Youth Beef Open Show set for Sat., Feb. 1 in the Rushmore Hall at the Civic Center. 

 The Sutton’s 20X High School Rodeo is a concept created by Steve and Kim Sutton that has been emulated across the country.  But it all started here at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center with over 100 excited high school rodeo athletes receiving a very special invitation to participate.  This year’s event is Sun., Feb.2  at 1:00pm and includes a College Rodeo Fair beginning at 9:30am that is open to all high school rodeo members (not just those competing in the 20X) and is free of charge.

The growing popularity of the daily Kiddie Korral in the Rodeo Zone and the Animal Nursery both in the Civic Center means organizers with both Rodeo Rapid City and Black Hills Stock Show are kept busy all week long with keeping designated spaces for youth interaction, engaging and fun.

A Beef Bust & Scholarship Luncheon Sat., Feb. 1 serves up hundreds each year, sponsored by the Rapid City Chamber’s Ag and Natural Resource Committee.  It’s a great way to mingle with youth and their families who take part in a beef cook-off, horse bowl, livestock judging, robotics, dog show and more during youth activities with a variety open to all and some centered around 4-H and FFA programs at the Central States Fairgrounds and Walter Taylor 4-H Building. These events are hosted by SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H.

And the World’s Smallest Rodeo sets big attendance records every year when the kids get in the arena with stick horses to see if they have the makings of a ‘hand.’ Children ages 3-5 years of age are encouraged to dust off their boots and put on a hat for a stick horse rodeo in Rushmore Hall at the Civic Center. Children participate in a stick horse barrel racing, pole bending and a stick horse wild ride. This years event is Sun., Feb. 2 at 10:00am



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