Flooding on June 19th has resulted in the 82nd Annual Augusta American Legion Rodeo being rescheduled for July 22. Slack and the Rodeo parade will take place on July 21.
Vendors are welcome to join us both days, free of charge. Download a registration form.
The Chamber has donated 10 rodeo tickets to be given to the first 10 military members that walk in our parade on Saturday, July 21. Please check in at the Youth Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Award winning singer Macyn Mahlum will be singing our National Anthem at the parade.
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.
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.
Enjoy video from the 2017 Augusta Rodeo, as submitted by friends of the Chamber.
The Western Bar is having a DJ Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as an added treat, they are welcoming Erik 'Fingers' Ray on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
On Saturday night, Renegade will start playing for the street dance directly after the Live Auction, which starts at approximately 6:30 (after the Slack Competition concludes).
Please come and enjoy the music and dance!
Join us on Saturday night, July 21, for our street dance with Renegade!