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North Dakota Rodeos and Powwows

Rodeos and powwows are important parts of North Dakota's culture. Eight seconds seems so long when you're watching a cowboy hang on for dear life. From national professional events, to local high school competitions, rodeo isn't just a sport in North Dakota, it's a feel-the-dirt-in-your-teeth way of life. 

The Algonquin word "pau wau" was the Native American word some of the first Europeans associated with dancing. Although pau wau meant "medicine man" to the Algonquins, the term was eventually accepted by Europeans to refer to dancing and gatherings, later being spelled "powwow." 

Powwows were originally held in the spring to celebrate the beginning of new life, but are now held throughout the year. The celebrations often have religious significance, but are also a time for people to gather, sing, dance, feast, pray, renew old friendships and make new ones. These celebrations are still an important part of life for many Native Americans. 

Dancers at United Tribes International Powwow

2022 Powwows/Celebrations

June 24-26 - Santee/Lucky Mound Powwow, Parshall

July 8-10 - Arikara Celebration, White Shield

July 15-17 - Mandaree Powwow, Mandaree

Aug 5-7 - Twin Buttes Powwow, Twin Buttes

Aug 12-14 - Little Shell, New Town

Aug 19-21 - Turtle Mountain Chief Little Shell Powwow, Dunseith

Sept 2-4 - Turtle Mt. Chippewa Pembina Labor Day Powwow, Belcourt

Sept 9-11 - United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck

Horseback riding at a rodeo

2022 Rodeos

June 24-26PRCA Rodeo - Roughrider Days Fair & Expo, Dickinson

July 2-4 - Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration, Mandan

October TBA - Minot Y's Men PBR, Minot

October 14-16 - PRCA Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Minot

2022 NDRA Rodeo Schedule is as follows:

May 28 - Bowman County Fair and Rodeo, Bowman

June 4-5 pending - Elgin Saddle Club, Elgin

June 18 pending - McKenzie County Fair and Rodeo, Watford City

June 25-26 pending - Beaver Valley Horse Club Rodeo, Strasburg

July 3-4 - Towner Rodeo, Towner

July 4 pending - Sheyenne Stampede Rodeo, Sheyenne

July 7 pending - Pembina County Fair, Cavalier

July 8-9 pending - Wing Rodeo, Wing

Aug 5-6 pending - Morton County Fair Rodeo, New Salem

Aug 6 pending - Hettinger Rodeo, Hettinger

Aug 12-13 - Medora Rodeo, Medora

 Aug 20 - Grant County Fair and Rodeo, Carson

Aug 28 pending - Slope County Fair Rodeo, Amidon

Sept 23-24 - NDRA Finals Rodeo, Watford City

2022 Stark County Fairgrounds Rodeos in Dickinson

May 8, 18 & 22 - TRIO Barrel Racing

May 14 - Home on the Range Barrel Racing

May 21 - Outback Barrel Racing Jackpot

May 27 - Stark County High Stakes Barrel Racing

May 28-29 - Memorial Day Extravaganza Barrel Racing

June 8 & 19 - TRIO Barrel Racing

July 6 - TRIO Stakes Barrel Race

July 16-17 - Mounted Shooting

July 20, Aug 6 & 10 - TRIO Stakes Barrel Racing

Aug 14 - OBRA Barrel Race Jackpot

Aug 19-21 - TRIO Title Stakes Championship

Aug 27-28 - Wrangler Roping

Aug 28 & Sept 1 - PBR Barrel Race Qualifier

Sept 2-3 - Annual PBR Bull Riding

Sept 24 - Wild Rides Rodeo

Sept 30 & Oct 1 - DSU Blue Hawk Stampede Rodeo Dickinson

Check the Events page for more information!