2018 Augusta Rodeo

About the Augusta American Legion Rodeo


Celebrating its 82nd 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.

The day before the big rodeo,  there will be Live and Silent Auctions, Craft and Food Vendors, Children's Activities, Bounce Houses, Mini Ferris Wheel, Street Dance, Live Music. 

Rodeo Pricing

$15 reserved 

$10 Adults & $5 Children 

General admission tickets can be purchased in advance at Augusta Service, Buckhorn Bar, Lazy B Bar and Western Bar.

The Event Schedule

The schedule is available by clicking here or by downloading the event poster, below.

The Longhorn Band

Here is an audio preview of The Longhorn Band, performing June 23rd as part of Rodeo Weekend 2018!

Amarillo - The Longhorn Band (mp3)


Don't Rock The Juke Box - The Longhorn Band (mp3)


Folsom Prison - The Longhorn Band (mp3)


2017 Rodeo

Enjoy video from the 2017 Augusta Rodeo, as submitted by friends of the Chamber.