Culbertson Celebrates 60 Years Of Frontier Days & Rodeo

The weekend of June 9-10, Culbertson will be putting on their annual Frontier Days, with their rodeo followed by a street dance both nights. A true community effort, local businesses and Culbertson Saddle Club members spend their time and money to keep the tradition alive, through rodeo association changes, floods, and maintenance challenges.

A new attraction this year is the Women's Ranch Bronc Riding, with at least ten women entered in the event. They will perform both nights along with the standard events of bull riding, bareback, calf roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, ladies breakaway roping, junior barrel racing, junior breakaway roping, senior men's breakaway roping, and the wild calf race. Slack begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, for those wishing to watch. Big Circle Rodeo will be supplying the bucking stock for the weekend.

While the rodeo will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. Saturday, a community breakfast and lunch will be served Saturday. The Culbertson Fire Department will be serving breakfast Saturday morning at the school, and the Women's Club will be serving their Main Street Meal Saturday at 11 a.m., just before the parade at 12 p.m. There will be a beer garden, beef and cheddar sandwiches, and hot dogs next to the Old Armory. Friday the street dance will be hosted at the Montana Bar, and Saturday it will be held at the Saddle Club itself, at the famous barn.

The barn was renovated in 2014 and 2015, and far from its humble beginnings, now hosts not only the annual dance, but weddings and other events. The original structure was moved from the area between Bainville and Culbertson in the '50s and was used to store safflower for several years to pay for it. A favorite story among older members of the community is that when they moved the big red barn, they were cited by an officer for not putting a red flag on such a large building being moved down the highway. The men moving the barn responded that they felt a red flag would do little to make a large red barn more visible to other vehicles.

So don't miss the event Culbertson has been proud to share for 60 years with the surrounding community. Enjoy the parade, rodeo, and introduce your boots to the dance floor of their historic Saddle Club barn while you're there!


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