NDRA Rodeo Finals This Weekend


The two-day NDRA Rodeo Finals event will feature the talents of North Dakota’s top 12 competitors in nine events, as they try to become the 2013 NDRA State Champion.

The event is taking place Sept. 13 - 14 with rodeo action starting at 7:00 p.m. Go-around prizes will be awarded to each night’s top contestants. The beer garden opens Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Other events are scheduled for Saturday including the Watford City High School Club Rodeo at 9:00 a.m. along with a team roping event to follow at 10:00 a.m.

The Saturday NDRA Rodeo again starts at 7:00 p.m. with champions crowned during the evening performance.

Even if you’re an avid rodeo-goer, this particular venue offers something a little different from your average outdoor arena. “Watching the rodeo indoors really gets you up close to the action. Many of these competitors are amateur performers who go professional. When you mix that with some of the best rodeo stock there is, watching it all from 50 feet away is really a good time,” said Gene Veeder, a NDRA Rodeo Finals Committee member.

This year marks the celebration of 60 years of the North Dakota Rodeo Association with this being the 15th annual event taking place in Watford City.

“This has become one of North Dakota’s premier western events, a place where you can meet most of North Dakota’s amateur and high school rodeo contestants and fans in one big weekend of activities. Watford City has also added several new motels and an expanded shopping district so it should be an exciting new look for visitors,” Veeder said.

Money generated from this event is part of an annual fundraiser that benefits a number of area organizations, including the Eagles Club, McKenzie County 4-H and the Oilers Hockey Club.

Rodeo stock were chosen by judges and performers and selected from a wide variety of stock contractors to help ensure the best competition.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 7-18 and children 6 and under are free.


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