Black Hills Roundup Rodeo caps off 101st performance during Fourth of July weekend
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — The annual Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche wrapped up Sunday to help round out the Fourth of July weekend.
The Roundup began on June 28 with a Cowboy Church Service, and continued throughout the week. This years rodeo was significant, in that many rodeos around the country were cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.
As a result, many of top cowboys and cowgirls in the PRCA were able to attend this year’s Black Hills Roundup including Kaycee Feild and Lisa Lockhart.
“With the way that things are throughout the nation right now, we have been able to draw the best cowboys, the best cowgirls, and the best stock with Powder River Rodeo Company that we could ever hope for,” said Steve Doedert, The Black Hills Roundup Rodeo Announcer. “We started with ranching roots and to see these guys that have turned the sport of rodeo into the multi-million dollar industry that it is today, to see some of those top names come here has been really encouraging.”
Known as the “Center of the Nation”, Belle Fourche has been home of the Black hill Roundup for 101 years. Rodeo is also the official sport of South Dakota and offers a unique look at midwestern living for fans and tourists.
“There’s no other iconic image like the American cowboy, and I consider rodeo to be a living monument of our western way of life, and still very active today,” Goedert sai.d “This draws a lot of people that maybe not are so familiar with our western way of life and it’s a great way to share it.”
Belle Fourche hosted several Fourth of July events including a parade, a carnival, a B-1 flyover and an evening street dance.