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Your Guide to the 2021 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo®

  • Your Guide to the 2021 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo®
    Your Guide to the 2021 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo®
Friday, January 14, 2022
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The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo® will soon be kicking up dust with livestock, shopping, rodeos, concerts and good country fun! A South Dakota staple since 1959, attendance to this annual event is second only to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This year's event takes place Jan. 29 - Feb. 6, 2021, at both the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center & the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds.

Once known as the Black Hills Winter Show, the livestock show featured only three breeds of cattle, shown and sold in an unheated arena at the Central States Fairgrounds. Today, this ten-day winter event in Rapid City has grown to include a variety of livestock sales, activities, shopping, and socializing. Mosey on in to see just what makes it one of the largest, most entertaining Western events in South Dakota.

2021 Highlights

The jam-packed list of events kicks off on Friday, Jan. 29 with the Cinch Trade Show at both the James Kjerstad Events Center and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Vendors will be there offering everything from clothing to livestock handling equipment for sale. Horse and livestock events are core to the stock show business and the Black Hills Stock Show& Rodeo® has become the premier place to sell and purchase top horses and quality livestock. Featuring nearly a dozen different horse and cattle sales throughout the week, Stallion Row and the Black Hills Horse Sale offer potential buyers quality performance horses that are trained to run barrels, work cattle, show in reining or just general trail-riding and ranch work.

Buckin' Wild Rodeo Events

Rodeo is big in the Black Hills. Rodeo Rapid City, a PRCA sanctioned rodeo, runs numerous nights. Timed events like team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bronc and bull riding are all included. One of the popular events, Broncs for Breakfast, features cowboys saddling up to “ride as ride can” for eight seconds on a “rank and rough” horse. Different from a PRCA rodeo event, where they ride in a bronc saddle, these competitors ride in normal ranch saddles. The event will start with a biscuit and gravy breakfast at 8 a.m. with ranch bronc riders ready to buck out at 10 a.m. The top eight riders will advance to the finals for a chance at $6,000 prize money.


The Ranch Rodeo is one of the Black Hills Stock Show's most popular events. Over $21,000 worth of cash and prizes are awarded to teams of cowboys and cowgirls from the five-state region competing for top honors. Different from a PRCA Rodeo, some of the competitions in a ranch rodeo may include wild horse riding, calf branding and cow-milking! Whatever the events this year, it’s sure to be entertaining.

Fun for All Ages

The North American Sheep Dog Trials are an amazing event where viewers can watch as talented handlers and man's best friend work together to herd a group of sheep into a pen. Guided only by whistles or hand movements, the dog that pens its sheep in the fastest time wins. A total of $5,000 worth of prize money is available to the top performers.

If you’re looking for some fun watching the youngsters, Mutton Bustin’ offers youth ages 3 to 6 years of age a chance to ride a sheep! And don’t forget to take your youngster to the petting zoo. The First Interstate Bank Barnyard Animal Nursery displays livestock animals along with their babies to educate the public on the role each animal plays in South Dakota agriculture. It’s free to the public and open daily during the stock show from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Music & Drinks

Up for some boot-stompin' music? Stop by the Boots and Beer Festival, back by popular demand for the seventh year with live music from The Garage Boys as well as beer tasting from many South Dakota Breweries.

The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo® offers something for everyone. Whether it's livestock sales, rodeos, horse competitions, art shows, entertainment, youth activities or just a great shopping experience, you’ll find it here. Check out a full list of the many events offered to make your Black Hills Stock Show experience memorable at

*Photos courtesy of Amanda Kammerer, Black Hills Stock Show Livestock Coordinator & Marketing Specialist.

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