(Editor’s note: Release from Bigfork Montana Professional Rodeo Committee)
BIGFORK — After opposition in the inaugural year the PRCA unanimously approved the Bigfork Montana Summer Pro Rodeo to become a consistent rodeo event in the PRCA tour schedule for years to come.
“Our team is very excited to bring this rodeo back for the second year and to see the national support and local community involvement in bringing rodeo to the best small town in America,” said Roy Whitford of New West Rodeo Productions. “Once you get past that first-year approval process and everyone sees you can put on a great event, the approvals become routine, which is exactly what we want.”
Whitford produces the rodeo and provides stock to some of the largest rodeos in the country, including the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
“If you’ve never experienced Bigfork over America’s birthday weekend it’s definitely something every person should see for themselves as it’s truly something special, and having the rodeo here makes it that much more enjoyable for people to stick around in Bigfork to enjoy many festivities,” said Rebekah King, Executive Director Bigfork Chamber.
The Bigfork Pro Rodeo Committee is investing in improving the rodeo production and venue amenities every year.
“We’ll have over double the bleacher seating, same great announcer and crew, plus more food and beverage offerings and live performance acts this year, all while maintaining that small-town, in-your-face rodeo action that everyone loves,” said Rob Brisendine of Road Creek Events, who organizes the rodeo.
The Bigfork Summer Pro Rodeo is scheduled to be held July 5-7, 2019 where the highways meet at the corner of Highway 35 and 82 in Bigfork. A professional mobile arena and bleachers are brought in and erected on site.
“We’re expanding the grandstands this year to ensure everyone that buys a ticket ahead of time has a seat,” said Brisendine. “The VIP seating on Saturday is already sold out and Friday is just about to be, as well.”
The rodeo will benefit local veterans, who get in free Friday night, and showcases rodeo in a fun family atmosphere, where kids are free on Sunday night and get to meet the professional cowboys and cowgirls and participate in some fun arena games.
More information and tickets can be found at www.bigforkrodeo.com.