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top rodeos in the USAKansas Dodge City Days

late July / early August – Dodge City, Kansas

Kansas Dodge City Days highlights a time when Dodge City was considered the “Wickedest Little City in the West".

This popular event, Dodge City Days, is a 10-day celebration in one of the country's last remaining Wild West towns, Dodge City, acknowledging the past of gunfights, dance hall girls, and the grit of old Dodge City.

With a western theme, event highlights include the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo, classic car show, arts and craft show, KidFest, professional barbeque contest, a western parade and the crowning of Miss Rodeo Kansas and Miss Rodeo Kansas Princess. The festival, July/August, kicks off with the Boot Hill Bull Fry and Bash. The Parade and Barbeque then kicks the festival into high gear. Then hold on to your hats, it’s a wild ride!

Dodge City Days has won top honors from the American Bus Association for group friendly events. The ABA selects the top 100 events in America and the Dodge City Days Festival was on the list in 2007, 2008 and again in 2010.

The Roundup Rodeo is the premier event of the Festival. They call it the “Greatest Show on Dirt” and it’s hard to argue. Dodge City’s rodeo among the top rodeo events in the country and it attracts saddle-sore cowboys from all over. The timing of the Dodge City event brings the top competitors vying for points to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas. The rodeo ticket office sells you the whole seat, but you really only need the edge of it.

Time magazine chooses the 50 Authentic American Experiences, one in each state. Dodge City Round Up Rodeo was chosen as Kansas’ most authentic American Experience. This is where you get to watch man pitted against animal whether it’s a twisting bull, a pitching bronc, or the horns of a steer. These cowboys demonstrate amazing skill as they hang on for the longest 8 seconds each evening. Imagine leaping off your trusty horse to wrestle a steer to the ground with your bare hands. Some winners accomplish this task in less than 4 seconds! And then there’s the ladies. Barrel racers become one with their horse as they speed through the clover leaf patter brushing within a whisper of the barrels and then down the home stretch What an exhilarating ride that must be.

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