As I’ve grown up and met people from all over the state, the most common response I hear when people learn that I’m from Augusta is, “I’ve been to that rodeo!” or, “I’ve heard about that rodeo.”
The Augusta American Legion Rodeo is known as the wildest one day rodeo in the west. Cowboys, cowgirls, and fans from all over the country come to our beautiful little town for an afternoon filled with wild rodeo action. Vendors line the streets with fabulous food and street dances are held to the wee hours of morning. It is so much fun.
This rodeo has been going on for a long long time and way back when, it was a WILD time. I’ve seen pictures from the 60’s of people missing key items of clothing and others passed out on the sidewalk. I’ve heard stories about snow plows being used to clear the streets of beer cans. I also heard once about a truck pulling a horse trailer down main street and by the time he reached his turn off, the trailer had been filled with beer cans. Because of this, I wasn’t even allowed to go to the rodeo until I was 14 years old.
Thankfully, times have changed and it is now very much a family event. Our kiddos have gone since they were babies and love it. I can’t get my son to sit still for 5 minutes, unless we’re at a rodeo. His eyes are glued to the arena as he soaks up the action and dreams about riding his own bucking bull or horse someday.
I’ll be sure to take pictures and will post them after the big weekend. Below is a list of some events that will be taking place. We look forward to seeing you in Augusta this weekend!
1:00 Rodeo Parade on Main Street
3:00 Open House at Latigo & Lace
4:00 Lynne Heryford from Fairfield will be at L&L to sign copies of her cookbook “We’re Burnin’ Daylight”
5:00 Slack at the rodeo grounds
10:30 L&L is hosting an autograph session with Miss Rodeo Montana Laramie Pursley
2:00 Rodeo begins!