Flathead River Rodeo named INFR 2021 Tour Rodeo of the Year
Congratulations to the fantastic and hard-working team that has once again blessed the Flathead Reservation and Polson, Montana with another “INFR Tour Rodeo of the Year.” This is a great accomplishment, as they are competing with 16 other Indian National Finals RodeoTour Rodeos held throughout the US and Canada. A big thank you to these folks for their months of hard work organizing and producing this event: Sheila Matt, Pete White, Elmo McDonald, Bryon Miller, S&K Gaming, The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes & Council, the KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson Fairgrounds Inc., plus generous support from local sponsors and volunteers, who donate money and time to make this event happen. After a 3-year hiatus, this rodeo came back with a bang, once again proving that the contestants love coming here to compete and enjoy what the Flathead Reservation and the Mission Valley has to offer.
The 3-day rodeo held at the Polson Fairgrounds from Aug. 26-28 brought in 510 contestants and their families. They began arriving Aug. 23, with some staying until Aug. 31. These contestants came here from 18 states, including Florida, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, California, Washington, North and South Dakota and 2 Canadian Provinces. The entire 40 acres of the Polson Fairgrounds facility was packed with their horse trailers, motor homes, campers and tents. In addition, the average attendance for each performance was approximately 1,500 rodeo fans. Local vendors provided a variety of foods to enjoy and items for sale. What a great boost for our local businesses and economy as the busy summer was winding down, with this fun and family-friendly event. It is truly an event to be proud of. The Tour Rodeo of the Year Award will be given at the upcoming INFR Finals held on Oct. 19-23 at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas.