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WILD WEST WEEKEND

Sept. 22-23, 2023

McKenzie County Ag Expo
Watford City, ND

Welcome to Cowboy Town

Join us in Watford City, North Dakota for the 2023 NDRA Championship Rodeo Finals Wild West Weekend! Featuring three rodeos, a western art and vendor show, a cowboy poetry gathering event, a kids cowboy bootcamp, rodeo dances, mechanical bull riding and more!

Three Rounds of Rodeos | Concessions | Beer Garden | Live Music

SCHEDULE

Sept. 21

SCHEDULE

Sept. 22

Sip 'n Shop with Saddle Up  |  5:30 - 8 PM

Saddle Up | 109 6th Ave SE, Ste 300, Watford City, ND

Kick off the NDRA Finals with drinks, hors' doeuvres and shopping!

Feek's Vision Film Showing |   1 PM

Six Shooters Showhall | 120 Main St S, Watford City, ND 

A revealing new documentary about rodeo's most influential bucking horse bloodline. In the 1930s, C.E. “Feek” Tooke foresaw the end to the availability of renegade horses as rodeo stock and envisioned a program for breeding horses with a strong propensity to buck.
Find out more here

Western Art & Vendor Show  | 5 - 9 PM

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Shop and explore a variety of Western artists and makers, from leatherwork, painting, rope art, hat making, glass artists, pottery and more. Or get outfitted with our western stores and boutiques. 

For more information about artists click here

Cowboy Bootcamp & Kid Zone | 5 - 9 PM

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Bring your kiddo to Cowboy Bootcamp where they can dress like a cowboy, rope a steer, saddle a horse, ride the mechanical bull and pick out some fun cowboy gear and treats from the cowboy canteen! 

NDRA Rodeo | 7 PM

Indoor Arena, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, steer roping, barrel racing, bull riding and a boot race for the kids make up this fun night of entertainment
$20 Adults
11 & Under Free

Tickets available at door

Live Band and Community Dance | 9 PM 

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Listen, tap your toes or get out on the dance floor with renowned western swing band Sam Platts & the Plainsmen. This group has traveled the world with their take on traditional country and western swing music, playing your favorites and some of their own. Cash bar on site.

Learn more at samplatts.com

SCHEDULE

Sept. 23

Flannels & Flapjacks                  | 9 -11 AM
Contestant Meet & Greet       | 10 AM

Concession Stand, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Bring your family out to the expo for a pancake breakfast benefitting McKenzie County Food Pantry. Free Will Donation. Grab an autograph card and meet your favorite contestant. 
Contestant meet and greet at 10 am

Cowboy Bootcamp & Kid Zone | 9 am

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag ExpoBring your kiddo to Cowboy Bootcamp where they can dress like a cowboy, rope a steer, saddle a horse, ride the mechanical bull and pick out some fun cowboy gear and treats from the cowboy canteen! 

Western Art & Vendor Show   | 10 am - 8 pm

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Shop and explore a variety of Western artists and makers, from leatherwork, painting, rope art, hat making, glass artists, pottery and more. Or get outfitted with our western stores and boutiques. 
Art Classes & Demonstrations All Day

For more info on artists click here

Feeks Vision Film Showing  |  10 AM

Six Shooters Showhall | 120 Main St S, Watford City, ND 

A revealing new documentary about rodeo's most influential bucking horse bloodline. In the 1930s, C.E. “Feek” Tooke foresaw the end to the availability of renegade horses as rodeo stock and envisioned a program for breeding horses with a strong propensity to buck.
Find out more here

Kids Mechanical Bull Riding Contest | 11 AM

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Can you ride for 8? Sign up for this fun contest and find out! Prizes for all kids. 

Ages 9-15 : 11 AM
Ages 0-8 : 11: 30 AM
$10 per child, space is limited so register today
Registration link
 

Birch Bark Biting Demonstration  |  12 Noon 

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Join North Dakota’s Poet Laureate Denise Lajimodiere as she demonstrates the art of birch biting. Birch bark biting is a precontact art done by all tribes in the northern hemisphere where there are birch trees.  The bark is carefully and patiently peeled into layers as thin as onion skin paper. She then folds small pieces of the bark, and bites designs with her eye tooth. There is no end to designs that can be made by folding and refolding and biting designs. Denise bites flowers, turtles and dragonflies.
Free and open to the public
Find out more here

NDRA Rodeo   |   1 PM 

Indoor Arena
Another round of bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, steer roping, barrel racing, bull riding and a boot race for the kids make up this fun afternoon of entertainment.
$20 Adults
11 & Under Free
Tickets available at door

Glass Pendant Class | 3 - 4 PM

Exhibit Hall

Join western North Dakota glass artist Kathy Monti for this unique and fun class where you learn to make your own pendant out of glass!

1 pendant for $15

Additional pendants are $10
Click here to register

Cowboy Poetry Gathering  |    4 - 6 PM

Exhibit Hall, McKenzie County Ag Expo
Sit down between rodeos to listen to some of the best storytellers and songsters in the genre! Featuring North Dakota Poet Laureate Denise Lajimodiere, Western Montana Based Cowboy Songster Sam Platts and area favorites Johnathan Odermann, DW Groethe and Jessie Veeder. The afternoon will wrap up with local powowdancers.
Free and open to the public

Find out more 

NDRA Rodeo   |   7 PM

Indoor Arena
The final round of bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, steer roping, barrel racing, bull riding and a boot race for the kids make up this fun afternoon of entertainment. Come cheer on your favorite contestants.

$20 Adults

11 & Under Free

Tickets available at door

Live Band and Community Dance | 9 PM 

Exhibit Hall
Listen, tap your toes or get out on the dance floor with renowned western swing band Sam Platts & the Plainsmen. This group has traveled the world with their take on traditional country and western swing music, playing your favorites and some of their own. Cash bar on site.

Learn more at samplatts.com

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