A Country Christmas
Join us for a weekend of country western music, timber branding, vendor Christmas products and documentary showings! View the museum which will be decorated for Christmas! Meet the producer who has started his new documentary about Casey Tibbs! Tickets: $10
Do you like Charlie Daniels? We are so excited to announce the Rodeo Center will be raffling a fiddle signed by Charlie Daniels himself! $100 raffle tickets go on sale starting December 14 until the end of January. An autographed fiddled from Charlie Daniels has sold for as much a $15,000. Watch for more details to come!
Visit our New Sculpture Garden!
In recognition of Billy Etbauer’s five world bronc championships, a large bronze statue was created and placed in the new Johnny Smith Memorial Bronze Garden. The statue depicts Ree Heights’ Billy Etbauer scoring an 89 on Harry Vold’s great saddle bronc, Painted Valley, to win the 2009 Cheyenne Frontier Days saddle bronc event. This is the third life size bronze statue introduced at the Center following the statues of Casey Tibbs and Mattie Goff Newcombe.
This historic project was initiated by the late Johnny Smith who envisioned a “garden of large bronzes overlooking the mighty Missouri River” that would memorialize South Dakota’s rodeo greats. Smith was a former Board Member of the Casey Tibbs Foundation and dedicated much of his life to the preservation of the Livestock Industry, and the men & women whose livelihoods depended on it. This bronze will be the first statue placed outside the Rodeo Center on the new Johnny Smith Memorial Sculpture Garden. The Garden will allow room for two additional large statues to be placed at a later time.
The bronze statue was created by nationally-known artist, Tony Chytka, a Belle Fourche, SD native, rancher and former champion bull rider. The public is welcome to view the new statue outside the Rodeo Center.
Buy an engraved brick for the Sculpture Garden!
You can still purchase a brick throughout the year for the Sculpture Garden! As we compile brick orders, we will be turning in orders every month or two into the brick manufacturer. Get your name or brand engraved on a brick that will be permanently placed in the sculpture garden. For more information.