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Rodeo & Livestock

Mount Rushmore Rodeo

Aug 18, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wild Action! Thrilling Competition! 

Join us for a night of rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Tickets are available for purchase at the rodeo. The event is FREE for Resort Guests & children under 5, $10 with day-use pass, and $5 for kids 6-12 years old.

Events Include:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Bareback Riding
  • Bull Riding
  • Team Roping
  • Kids Mutton Bustin'

Palmer Gulch Address: 12620 Highway 244 Hill City, SD 57745

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Mount Rushmore Rodeo

Sep 2, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wild Action! Thrilling Competition! 

Join us for a night of rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Tickets are available for purchase at the rodeo. The event is FREE for Resort Guests & children under 5, $10 with day-use pass, and $5 for kids 6-12 years old.

Events Include:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Bareback Riding
  • Bull Riding
  • Team Roping
  • Kids Mutton Bustin'

Palmer Gulch Address: 12620 Highway 244 Hill City, SD 57745

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2016 American Quarter Horse Region 2 Championship

Sep 20, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018

We have a trade show grand enough to satisfy the most avid shopper.  Fine Designs offers official R2 souvenirs and merchandise, and we host a silent auction to benefit our youth affiliate.  There will also be a clinic and ice cream social.  Lots to do at R2! ​

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Custer State Park Annual Buffalo Roundup

Sep 28, 2018 9:30am

Witness one of the last great events of the Old West: the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls on horseback and park crews in pickups round up the 1,300 buffalo and drive them into the corrals. Following the roundup, watch park crews sort, brand and vaccinate the herd in preparation for the fall sale. Breakfast is available in both viewing areas and lunch in the corrals following the roundup. Park entrance fees are waived the day of the roundup.

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Black Hills Horse Expo

Oct 5, 2018 3:00pm - Oct 7, 2018 6:30pm

The Black Hills Horse Expo is a must-attend event for any horse enthusiast. In one glorious weekend, you can catch up on the latest equine training and information, shop the region's premier vendors and connect with your horse friends. Each day includes Stallion Showcase, Breed Avenue, Kids Korral, trick riders, clinics and presentations, and much more. Friday evening, enjoy the Wild Pony Races and Ranch Rodeo.

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PBR: Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour

Oct 13, 2018 6:45pm

The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) announced that the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center will host the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour’s (RVT) first-ever Rapid City Rumble in Rapid City, South Dakota on Saturday, October 13th.

For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s fiercest bovine athletes. The thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s RVT Tour one of the most exciting live sporting events to witness.

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Annual Buffalo Auction

Nov 17, 2018 9:00am

Each November Custer State Park conducts a buffalo auction to keep herd numbers in check with the available rangeland forage. Between 250 and 400 buffalo and a few burros are sold at this auction. Buyers and the public are invited to view the auction. Info: (605) 255-4515. Funds generated from the sale help support the operation of the state park system. The sale has played an important role in establishing herds of buffalo throughout the United States. Buffalo, which once faced extinction, now the number reaches over 250,000.

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