Roughrider Days Rodeo
Join us between 06/23 - 06/25/2023
Roughrider Days Rodeo Description
Roughrider Days is a Rodeo & so much more!
Roughrider Days Rodeo has been a tradition for over 50 years here in Dickinson, ND. Each rodeo performance features: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing, and the fan favorite BULL RIDING!
Our stock contractor of nearly 35 years, Korkow Rodeos, LLC, is a third-generation rodeo producer and stock contractor that has been producing rodeos for over 70 years. Rodeo isn’t just a way to make a living, it is a way of life for the Korkow family. Erv Korkow produced his first rodeo in 1947 in his hometown of Blunt, South Dakota. Jim bought the ranch and rodeo company when his father, Erv, passed away in 1993. Jim’s wife, Carol, and their son, TJ, play important roles in keeping all this running smoothly. Carol frequently is one of the rodeo timers and handles all the books and records for all operations at home. TJ is their head flank man and is quite knowledgeable about all the rodeo stock and their individual bucking styles. Over 90% of Korkow bucking stock is raised at their 20,000-acre ranch, the Anchor K, nestled in the rolling hills of the Missouri River. Their stock is branded on the left hip with the Anchor K. Jim Korkow likes to say, “It’s the brand that bucks!”.
The Korkow family’s “A-Team” stock has been selected by the top cowboys to buck at every National Finals Rodeo since the rodeo’s inception in 1950 – a claim only two other stock contractors can make. In addition to the NFR, Korkow’s also have stock nominated annually by the cowboys to perform at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo and the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
Korkow Rodeos LLC is no stranger to lifetime honors. Erv’s many honors include induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, the Casey Tibb’s Hall, the Fairman’s Hall of Fame and he and his wife, LaFola, were both recipients of the Heartland Saddle Award. 2009 marked Erv’s induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. In 1996, Jim was selected as the “Stock Contractor of the Year” for the WPRA, and in 2000, he was one of five nominees selected for “Stock Contractor of the Year” for the PRCA. Jim was inducted into the South Dakota Fairman’s Hall of Fame in 2005. An honor his father, Erv, received just 20 years earlier, in 1985. In 2006, the Korkow family was honored by the WPRA with the “Lifetime Family Heritage of the Year” award, especially in honor of LaFola Korkow, a former “Member of the Year” of the WPRA.
The 2022 Rodeo takes place Friday - Sunday, June 24 - 26.
Roughrider Days Rodeo
When: 7 p.m. June 24 and 25, 2022
4 p.m. June 26, 2022
Where: Stark County Fairgrounds
Tickets: $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, Five and under are FREE
Available at RodeoTicket.com or at the arena.
Jody Carper is one of the best Rodeo Announcers around. Throughout his 30-year career in announcing, Jody has been selected six times by the PRCA to announce the National Finals Steer Roping and two times as the Ram National Circuit Finals Announcer. He has also announced hundreds of other great rodeos across the United States and Canada.
Rodeo Pickup Men - The Unsung Heroes of the Rodeo
The next time you go to the rodeo, look for the two cowboys on horseback inside the arena waiting for the action to happen.
They're known as Pickup Men…Heroes on Horseback.
Pickup men are a cowboys’ best friend, waiting in the background to perform with athleticism and grace. The pickup man is the last safety valve for rodeo cowboys. He may be the last level of well-being between a cowboy hung up on a bareback rigging and a consultation with an orthopedist.
His job ranges from rescuing a cowboy from a runaway bronc to making sure the animal exits without injury to being ready, in mind and heart and soul, to rope a bucking horse if a cowboy snags a hand after an 8-second ride.
They are also known as ghosts of the rodeo arena. Good pickup men are almost invisible. They glide in and rescue roughstock riders from twisting fury on the hoof, usher bulls and broncs to the exit and vanish into the background. They are rodeo pickup men.
As soon as the saddle bronc or bareback rider hits that 8-second mark, they move in. It is also one of the most important things in rodeo. They make sure the cowboy gets put down on the ground safely and make sure the bucking horse gets out of the arena safely.
No pickup man does it alone, it takes a finely tuned team. At most rodeos, two pickup men work together.
Join us June 23 - 25, 2023
Get ready for the Roughrider Days Rodeo
- Location: Dickinson , ND 58602
- Rodeo Dates: 06/23 - 06/25/2023