Augusta Montana Rodeo Parade Theme Contest 2020 Entry Deadline

2020 Rodeo Parade Theme Contest

About the Augusta American Legion Rodeo

Celebrating its 84th anniversary in 2020, the Augusta American Legion Rodeo is one of Montana's oldest. In 2005, it was named Montana's Tourism Event of The Year by Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Montana Tourism Advisory Council. In 1936 and 1937 the rodeo was hosted by Lou Randall, who owned the Buckhorn Bar with the help of Art and Tot Nett as well as the American Legion and Walt Mcmanus.


The original arena was what the Little League Field is now. Gates from the Great Northern and snow fence made up the arena. In 1938 the land was purchased by the American Legion for the arena that is still used today. That same year, the Legion membership voted to produce the rodeo, despite the strenuous objections of Adjutant Guy Crowe, who cited the Legion's Post's modest cash balance of $3.75. A motion was presented by Legionnaire Tot Nett to spend the $3.75 for beer and still put on the rodeo……..the motion was carried. Pat Swan was hired to get out the timber; the building of the arena was done by the Legionnaires, there were no seats at this time; everyone sat in or on the cars or on the ground. Stock was picked up locally by Tot Nett, Art Nett, Bing Wellman and Bud Swanson, including some horses that the owners did not know were being used for bucking stock. At that time there was also a shortage of contestants, so the Legionnaires would comb the bushes to find some cowboys that had celebrated a little too much and put them aboard the bucking stock. The rodeo has progressed since then until we now have one of the finest arenas in the Northwest and have become one of the largest one day rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

About the Contest

Submit your parade theme ideas via email to chamber@augustamontana.com by March 17, 2020.


All are welcome to participate!


The winner will receive a total of $120 in local gift certificates, provided by The Buckhorn, Augusta Service Station, forge and Wagon's West.

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2020 Augusta Rodeo

About the Augusta American Legion Rodeo

Join us Sunday, June 26, 2020 for the 84th Annual Rode! 


Vendors are welcome to join us for events Saturday and Sunday. 


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Celebrating its' 84th anniversary, the Augusta American Legion Rodeo is one of Montana's oldest. In 2005, it was named Montana's Tourism Event of The Year by Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Montana Tourism Advisory Council. In 1936 and 1937 the rodeo was hosted by Lou Randall, who owned the Buckhorn Bar with the help of Art and Tot Nett as well as the American Legion and Walt Mcmanus.


The original arena was what the Little League Field is now. Gates from the Great Northern and snow fence made up the arena. In 1938 the land was purchased by the American Legion for the arena that is still used today. That same year, the Legion membership voted to produce the rodeo, despite the strenuous objections of Adjutant Guy Crowe, who cited the Legion's Post's modest cash balance of $3.75. A motion was presented by Legionnaire Tot Nett to spend the $3.75 for beer and still put on the rodeo... the motion was carried. Pat Swan was hired to get out the timber; the building of the arena was done by the Legionnaires, there were no seats at this time; everyone sat in or on the cars or on the ground. Stock was picked up locally by Tot Nett, Art Nett, Bing Wellman and Bud Swanson, including some horses that the owners did not know were being used for bucking stock. At that time there was also a shortage of contestants, so the Legionnaires would comb the bushes to find some cowboys that had celebrated a little too much and put them aboard the bucking stock. The rodeo has progressed since then until we now have one of the finest arenas in the Northwest and have become one of the largest one day rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.


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2019 Schedule (2020 is not set)

FRIDAY
-Live music outside the Taylor Agency Bldg. at 6 p.m.
-Music at the Western Bar
-Concert at the Rodeo Grounds


SATURDAY
-Wapiti Run (10K at 8:30 a.m.//5K at 9 a.m.//1 mile at 10:15 a.m.) - you can enter the day of!
-Kids Carnival (ALL DAY)
-The Luau on Rodeo Drive Parade at 2 p.m.
-Vendors throughout town
-Allen's Manix Store (The Trading Post) will be serving their world-famous tacos, burgers, etc. on the side of the store
-Slack at 5 p.m.
-Live music outside the Taylor Agency Bldg. at 6 p.m. 

-Nick Crawford Band in front of the forge at 7 p.m.
-Music at the Western Bar
-Music in the parking lot between Allen's and Buckhorn Bar all night long

SUNDAY
-Food and vendors throughout town
-Kids Carnival (ALL DAY)
-Rodeo performance at 2 p.m.
-Music at the Western Bar
-Music in the parking lot between Allen's and Buckhorn Bar

Rodeo Pricing

Reserved Seating $20.00

General Admission, Adults $15.00 

General Admission, Child $5.00


Reserved Tickets are sold at local businesses, including Augusta Service Station, Buckhorn Bar, Lazy B Bar, and Western Bar.

Vendor Application 2020

Augusta Rodeo Vendor App 2020 (pdf)

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