BELLE FOURCHE-It’s almost time for an explosion of events to take over Belle Fourche! The carnival is in town, the streets are sporting the American flag and everyone is getting geared to go. The Black Hills Roundup begins this weekend, are you ready?
It all starts Friday, June 30 with a cattle drive down State Street, an example of what the west once was headed toward Saloon Street (now Hwy 85). The cattle will be accompanied by a chuck wagon and horsemen who know their stuff. It’s only a taste of what it was like 98 years ago, but let your imagination see the dust and noise of thousands of cattle coming down the street.
The Ranch Rodeo will show off the skills of modern cowboys and cowgirls with flair to the Old West. Competition is intense when the teams demonstrate what they can do with a horse and men’s (or women’s) muscle.
Don’t forget that following the Ranch Rodeo, Kenny Feidler will be playing for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Saturday, July 1 the carnival opens at 4 p.m. and the first performance of the PRCA rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Dance to Dakota Country following the rodeo.
Sunday, July 2 is Alumni Night with the PRCA performance starting at 7 p.m. And make sure you take in the carnival that opens at Noon. South Highway 85 will be playing for the dance that evening.
And best of all there will be fireworks lighting up the skies on Sunday night before the dance.
Chutes for Charity will be highlighting the 7 p.m. performance on Monday. The Chutes for Charity program was established in 2010. This non-profit is an extension of the Black Hills Roundup and helps local families face unexpected emergencies.
And best of all-there will be fireworks on Monday night following the rodeo. Then there’s a dance with Trucker Radio playing.
Tuesday, July 4, is the big day with a parade, carnival, and rodeo! The parade begins with the flyover of a B1 bomber from Ellsworth AFB at 10:30 a.m. The mile long parade will have bands and floats for everyone to enjoy.
The carnival is open for one more day, so enjoy it while you can.
The final PRCA performance is at 3 p.m. following Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo motorcycle jump and the 2:30 p.m. coronation of Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady in Waiting.
Reserved seating is sold out for July 2 and 3, but general admission tickets are still available. Tickets are available online, at local banks, and at the museum. Ranch Rodeo and the Saturday performance tickets can be purchased through the Rapid City Journal website under “Today’s Deal”.
During this time the Cowboy Band will be playing, also. Their first performance will be at the BBQ held before the Ranch Rodeo on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Then there will be a concert at Herrmann Park on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Two fireworks concerts are planned for Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. on the Library lawn along Hwy 85.
The Cowboy Band will be leading the parade on Tuesday.
It’s going to be a great time in the town of Belle Fourche this 4th of July holiday! Get your boots on and let’s rodeo!