Magazine article Sunset

Bozeman Celebrates Its Cowboy Heritage

Magazine article Sunset

Bozeman Celebrates Its Cowboy Heritage

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Some folks around Bozeman bristle at the label "cow town." After all, this southwest Montana city just off I-90 offers inviting cafes and B & Bs, the outstanding Museum of the Rockies, and Yellowstone Park just 90 miles south. Nevertheless, it's Bozeman's cowboy heritage that gets attention this month. Some 400 men and women from 90 schools gather June 12 through 16 for the 41st annual College National Finals Rodeo. It offers chances to see top amateur riders and delve into the cowboy experience. For help with lodging, write or call the visitor bureau, 1205 E. Main St., Bozeman 59715; (800) 228-4224. Five evenings of rodeo; a horsy parade From 8 to 10 Tuesday through Saturday, there's nonstop action at Montana State University's 5,600-seat Breeden Fieldhouse. Competitors rope calves, wrestle steers, bust broncs (oldest rodeo event), ride bulls (the toughest). Rough-riding events are dominated by Northwest colleges, roping by Southwestern schools. Best seats for bull riding and bronc busting are in the arena's east end (sections E and I); for roping, it's the west end (B and F); for overall views, try C and H. Reserved seats are $6 to $8 (Friday and Saturday nights sell out early). Write to the rodeo, 502 S. 19th St., #303, Bozeman 59715; or call (406) 994-4813. On Wednesday, a 2-hour parade down Main Street begins at 2 Pm. It attracts ranchers and riders, restored stagecoaches and wagons, bands and clowns. All year, you can watch locals practice calf roping at Gallatin County Fairgrounds (Third Avenue and Tamarack Street), 6 to 9:30 Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 1 to 4 Sunday afternoons. …

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