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“Yellowstone Rodeo”
Review of Yellowstone Rodeo

Yellowstone Rodeo
Reviewed August 25, 2013

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...the experience is what you wish to make of it. If you are expecting a professional rodeo - pass. But if you want to get the general feel of a small-time backyard rodeo...you can have some fun.

Nobody won anything the night we went except the fastest barrel racer...no one stayed on the bulls or broncs and no calves were roped...one would think that after doing this night after night, somebody would figure out how to do it...maybe a YouTube tutorial would be helpful.

All in all - we were not disappointed - don't waste money on the grandstands - we had front row seats up against the fence and since nobody stays on - it didn't matter where you sat. Kids loved it and lots of whoops and hollers.

Best event by far was the calf scramble where the 'clown' had all these 7-9 year old kids roll around in the dirt first (their parents must have loved that) and chased this little calf across the length of the arena with a ribbon on its tail...everybody won something - I think it was a local restaurant coupon.

Least enjoyable was non-stop advertising by announcer - hardly slowed for a breath - I didn't know there that many businesses in West Yellowstone and the 'pop songs' on the speakers. Somebody buy these guys some Big & Rich/Willy Nelson cds.

Most humorous - must have needed one more barrel racer to fill out the program - last one was a cute little plow-horse that could barely move those stumpy little legs in WIDE arches around the barrels...no chance they would ever get nicked over...had to laugh when the rider cleared the last barrel and 'raced' for home....I could have outrun the horse...time was more than double anyone else. Probably my favorite 'ride of the evening'.

It was 80 degrees during the day - shorts and tee-shirt weather. When we left at about 10 p it must have been in the high 30's and we were wearing all our sweaters and jackets and gloves. Starts at 8 - runs about two hours and that is about right for this experience. We were ready to go back to our cabin.

Best for families with small kids that never have been to a rodeo and won't notice that nobody is good enough to accomplish their event. Bring their jackets and a change of clothes if you let them participate in the calf scramble...

4  Thank Robert W
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We really enjoyed our time here - so much so that we went twice and also went back to do some horse riding. It was great fun watching all the different rodeo experiences and we got a feel of the real cowboy lifestyle. It's a cheap and fun night out! The hot dogs are pretty good too!

Thank DawnEast
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Tiny mud pit. Abrasive staff refused to give a refund despite a full blown thunderstorm that started 10 minutes before the show. Dirt parking lot was a pool of water and mud. No cover anywhere. Ripoff

1  Thank 1701-Picard
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

When in the area I would recommend staying in the National Park for a couple of additional hours and pass on this venue.

When was the last time you attended a rodeo where no calves were roped and taken down, ALL eight attempts at bull riding stayed on the bull for less than three or four seconds, most of the barrel racers knocked over or teetered the barrels, and one bronco rider actually stayed on long enough to clear the gate by more than a few feet?

A local group has gathered together to bring you this performance, but they need to work on their skills! In addition to the activities the sound system and the seating (almost dangerous - boards not attached to the iron framing) were poor!

IF I had a "do over" on these two hours of my life, I would not go to this rodeo!

2  Thank Mr_E_in_Alabama
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We visited this rodeo in July 2013. It's a small affair with a selection of riders of all ages. The show was brilliant and definitely worth the $12 per adult, don't worry about sitting in the grandstand the view is really good from the normal stands. There is a cowboy that dresses as a clown who tells brilliant jokes and keeps the whole show alive. We had a great time definitely worth a visit.

Thank Denise W
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