First NILE Sanctioned Ranch Rodeo is this weekend in Custer.
Billings, Mont.-- This Saturday, June 23 head over to Custer for the 12th annual Custer Ranch Rodeo and first ever Junction City Days!

The Custer Ranch Rodeo has a tradition of ranching authenticity. Organizers and contestants anticipate this event every year for the reunion aspect.

"We invite friends old and new to rope and ride and visit and show off new babies, new horses, and new saddles."

Twelve teams compete in events that mimic tasks on the range. Every four-person team must have at least one female or male member. The teams competing are: S Ranch, Circle B, Terry Roping Club, Sand Springs Cattle, Will Croft & the Severes, Jake & Jess Hahn, Rowdy Alexander & Crew, Trail Creek Land & Livestock, Trail Creek Steele Unit, Fink Quarter Horses, Hooks Ranch and PV Ranch.

After the ranch rodeo is an open ranch bronc riding. Ten Vaira broncs will be bucked and the cowboy that can stay on the best wins a buckle and cash.
Before the ranch rodeo are events to celebrate the first ever Junction City Days. The evening of June 22, the Custer PTO will serve dinner from 5-7 p.m. Kids, including kids at heart, can participate in laser tag, bingo, or the Foundation's Corn Hole tournament. The Corn Hole boards were made by Custer 8th grade shop class students.

The morning of the June 23rd is a free pancake breakfast from the Peg-A-Way 4-H club at Junction City Memorial Park from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A wild event, where decorating is highly encouraged, runs down main street at 10 a.m. the Bed Races are not to be missed. Followed by the parade at 11 a.m. The ranch rodeo begins at 2 p.m. When the dirt settles in the arena, the Junction City Saloon hosts a street dance until the wee hours of the night.

Gate admission is by donation. Proceeds from the gate go towards the arena upkeep and improvements. In 2008, the rodeo committee decided to take action towards the weakening arena. Community members, contestants, friends and families have dedicated their effort and time to various improvement projects.

To get to the Custer Arena, turn north off I-94 at Custer, cross the Yellowstone River, continue half a mile, turn left on Buffalo Creek Road.
"There are a few rules that make the CRR different from other ranch rodeos. There are prizes to take home, and there is money to be won. But our big hope is that all the work it takes to put the event together results in a FUN day for contestants and spectators every year."

The winning team from the Custer Ranch Rodeo will compete at the Farstad Oil Ranch Rodeo Finals at the NILE Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in Billings, Montana. The NILE is proud to have the Custer Ranch Rodeo as one of the sanctioning partners. 
             
For more information go to the Facebook page or call Tami Blake (406) 354-6012

The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is a non-profit organization 501(c)5 established in 1967 that is dedicated to preserving and embracing the Western lifestyle through the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and respect of the western tradition. Billings, Montana.
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