Ultimate Western Events Calendar: July

From our Ultimate Western Events Calendar, here are the cowboy events to attend in July
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From our Ultimate Western Events Calendar, here are the cowboy events to attend in July
photo by Calgary Stampede

1–4

CODY STAMPEDE RODEO

Cody, Wyo.

800-207-0744, www.codystampederodeo.com

Since 1919, the Cody Stampede Rodeo has been held every summer. In its 95th year, the Cody Stampede is one of the longest-running professional rodeos in the country!

[EDITOR'S PICK]

4–13

CALGARY STAMPEDE

Calgary, Alberta

800-661-1260, www.calgarystampede.com

For 10 days, the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls head north to compete in the world’s richest tournament-style rodeo. Stick around after the rodeo for chuckwagon racing, world-class entertainment, and a nightly display of dazzling fireworks. In addition, there’s a carnival, cultural displays, and agricultural events.

“Another one on my bucket list. From everything I’ve heard, Canada knows how to do cowboy right.” —Bob

5–13

SHERIDAN WYO RODEO

Sheridan, Wyo.

307-672-9715, www.sheridanwyorodeo.com

A major stop on the rodeo road, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo is a member of the Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour. In addition to the rodeo, make sure to catch the exciting World Champion Indian Relay Races!

5–13

CATTLEMEN’S DAYS

Gunnison, Colo.

970-641-1501, www.cattlemensdays.com

The “Grandaddy of Colorado Rodeos” has been around for over a century. Celebrate the ranching legacy of the Rockies with a rodeo, 4-H activities, cowboy poetry, a barn dance, and a carnival.

11–13

WILL JAMES ROUNDUP

Hardin, Mont.

406-666-2330, www.willjamesroundup.com

This spectacular ranch rodeo features events such as working ranch horse, big loop team roping, ranch bronc riding, an Indian Relay, and women’s steer roping. This event helps raise funds for maintenance and repair of the Will James cabins.

12

PRO RODEO HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS

Colorado Springs, Colo.

719-528-4764, www.prorodeohalloffame.com

ProRodeo honors its legendary cowboys and cowgirls! Don’t miss the opportunity to rub elbows with the PRCA’s elite at the Cowboy Ball the night before the inductions.

13–19

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FINALS RODEO

Rock Springs, Wyo.

800-466-4772, www.nhsra.com

The “World’s Largest Rodeo,” the National High School Finals rodeo attracts approximately 1,500 contestants, who compete for national titles, prizes, and college scholarships.

17–20

CALIFORNIA RODEO SALINAS

Salinas, Calif.

800-771-8807, www.carodeo.com

Known in the rodeo world for its long scores in the grueling team roping (which makes for some wild runs), California Rodeo Salinas is one of the Top 20 professional rodeos in the United States and the largest in California.

18–27

CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS

Cheyenne, Wyo.

800-227-6336, www.cfdrodeo.com

Known for its fast pace and large number of contestants, this action-packed rodeo truly is the “Daddy of ’em All.” Frontier Nights and Frontier Park offer up dancing, top country music performers, Western crafts and gear, a carnival, and the Indian Village.

19–20

GRAND ENCAMPMENT COWBOY GATHERING

Encampment, Wyo.

307-326-8855, www.grandencampmentgathering.org

Preserve and promote the cowboy way of life with chuckwagon breakfasts, yodeling workshops, historic building tours, campfire jam sessions, and a cowboy poetry and music show. Test out your own singing chops at the open mic night!

21–26

NATIONAL LITTLE BRITCHES FINALS RODEO

Pueblo, Colo.

800-763-3694, www.nlbra.com

Cheer on the next generation of rodeo stars! Nearly 1,000 contestants, ages 5–18, will face off at the season-ending finals.

22–26

DAYS OF ’76 RODEO

Deadwood, S.D.

605-578-1876, www.daysof76.com

Held in storied Deadwood, the Days of ’76 Rodeo is a 13-time winner of the Badlands Circuit Rodeo of the Year Award and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2011. Make sure to visit the Days of ’76 Museum, which is filled with Old West, pioneer, and American Indian artifacts, archives, and photographs.

26

COEUR D’ALENE ART AUCTION

Reno, Nev.

208-772-9009, www.cdaartauction.com

In 2013, the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction sold more than $30 million worth of classic Western and American art. The largest auction house specializing in Western artwork, the auction holds over 160 world record prices.

July 30–Aug. 3

DODGE CITY DAYS

Dodge City, Kan.

620-227-3119, www.dodgecitydays.com

Around 100,000 visitors attend this 10-day celebration, which hosts more than 50 events including a concert, craft show, barbecue contest, Western parade, Western art show, classic car show, and much more!