Rodeos in Montana
Concierge.com's insider take:
Like everything else in Montana, rodeos are big. The season opens on the third weekend in May with the three-day World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, one of the state's most rollicking parties, with about 100 cowboys riding the horses and bulls that will be scored and sold to compete in summer rodeos (406-234-2890; www.buckinghorsesale.com). The season ends in early January with the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals in Great Falls, another three-day spectacle of bedazzled Stetsons and spurs. Held in conjunction with the Miss Rodeo Montana Pageant, where picture-perfect cowgirls compete to become the state's "First Lady of Rodeo," it's a welcome winter change from all that snow (www.montanaprorodeo.com). For an old-fashioned good time during the summer, head over to the July 4th rodeo held annually in Ennis; the hamburgers-and-Budweiser crowd cheers like crazy for the rodeo equivalent of a Triple-A baseball game (www.ennischamber.com/events.cfm). And most large towns—in Montana, that means more than a few thousand people—hold local rodeos all summer long. You can check the statewide schedule online.