Rusk County Rodeo
Saddle up for the Rusk County Rodeo
This August, the rodeo is coming to Rusk County! As part of the annual Rusk County Junior Fair, fans will enjoy two nights of professional rodeo performances including bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping and more. But that's just the beginning of the family-friendly fun!
History of the rodeo
The history of the American rodeo dates back more than 170 years as an offshoot of the late 1800s Wild West shows. The word "rodeo" is actually a Spanish word meaning "round up," as much of what American cowboys learned about the sport came from Spanish vaqueros. However, while the Spanish rodeo focused on style, the American rodeo aimed for speed.
Rodeo performances will take place Aug. 9-11 at the Rusk County Fairgrounds in Ladysmith. There are seven main events you won't want to miss: bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and women's barrel racing. All are fast-paced and require incredible skill and concentration from participants. You'll find yourself holding your breath as you watch the riders saddle up and hold on tight during these exciting events.
Other fun events
To add to the fun, the rodeo also offers a "Dirt Dash" where kids up to age 10 will have the chance to scramble for $500 in quarters in the rodeo arena; a mounted shooting event where riders on galloping horseback take aim at targets; a BBQ dinner and live auction; and a Garth Brooks tribute concert. Attendees can also take part in "Pink Night," where the rodeo will donate $1 to the Women with Courage Foundation for each audience member donning pink, or "Patriots Night" by wearing red, white and blue in honor of our nation's military.
Buy your tickets now
Tickets for the rodeo are on sale now! You can buy them in advance at the Rice Lake and Eau Claire Menards stores or online at the rodeo website. Kids under 12 can get in for the whole weekend for just $13 (purchased in advance), and for adults, tickets are $20. Keep in mind, some events like the BBQ and the concert require an additional ticket.
Where to stay
While you're here, spend a little extra time exploring the land of Four Rivers. We've got hotels, motels, resorts, cabins and campgrounds to give you a place to relax after an exciting day at the fairgrounds, on our trails, or on the water.