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Rodeo returns after year-long hiatus

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POLSON — The Mission Mountain Rodeo returns this weekend with two days of grab-the-edge-of-your-seat action, including junior rodeo events for kids, at the Les Baldwin Arena located on the Polson Fairgrounds.

The event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s wonderful to be able to offer rodeo to the Mission Valley again,” said Polson Fairgrounds Incorporated board member Una Rose Graham.

Rodeo events will be held this weekend on both Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26. Junior events start at 6:30 p.m., and the main rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free for kids 3 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate, and there are no pre-sale tickets. The rodeo grounds are located on Regatta Road, just past the Polson Bridge headed north on U.S. Highway 93.

This year’s event marks the 80th anniversary of the Mission Mountain Rodeo, which features cowboys and cowgirls in the various livestock events like bronc riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, bull riding and team roping.

Concessions will be offered throughout the events. “There will be hot dogs, sausages and locally raised beef hamburgers available,” said Graham. “Also, don’t forget to grab a cold, relaxing beverage at the beer garden.”

Live music described as “maximum honkytonk” will be played after Friday night’s rodeo performance by musician Bob Wire. “It’s going to be a great event,” said Graham. “We welcome everyone to come on out.”

For more general rodeo information, call 406-883-1100. For vendor information, call 406-261-2861.

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