DRUMMOND - The Kiwanis Club of Drummond are the keepers of a sacred tradition, one that will bolt from the chutes on July 8, 2018.
The 76th Annual Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo is all-day event that will take place in the home of the World Famous Bullshippers, with a pancake breakfast and parades on Front Street with all of the wild west action happening at the American Legion Rodeo Grounds just south of town.
In addition to the typical offerings, this year the Kiwanis Club is adding a "Quick Finish" Western Art Show and Auction. Following the parade at 12:30 p.m., artists at the rodeo grounds will begin finishing up work on projects they brought to the event. Patrons will be able to watch these artists put the finishing touches on and speak to them as well.
The art will remain on exhibit during the rodeo (from 2-4:30) and then will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Drummond Kiwanis Club to support the many programs it runs for area youth.
There is something for everyone during this year's day at the rodeo. Here's everything you need to know to plan your day at the Drummond Rodeo!
76th Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo Events
Valley Fire District Pancake Breakfast
6-11 a.m. - East end of Front Street
Start your day with a great breakfast that benefits a great cause! The Valley Fire District volunteer fireman will be on hand at their station - located at the east end of Front Street - hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast. For $5 you get a stack of 'cakes, sausage links, juice and coffee. Not to mention the great fellowship of the townsfolk and other rodeo attendees.
And if you don't already have your Duck Race tickets (see below), you'll want to get them now ... if there are any left!
9 a.m. - American Legion Rodeo Arena
The first go-round of talent for participants who couldn't be in the big show later in the day. It's a great way to whet your appetite for some of the best rode action under the Big Sky!
Drummond Rodeo Parade
Noon - Front Street
In 2018 its actually two parades for the price of one!
A kiddy parade will start the festivities as they honor America with their bikes and wagons. Then the regular parade will follow, heading east to west on Front Street in downtown Drummond. The parade is filled with horses, classic cars and always a few surprises. Get your spot early!
"Quick Finish" Western Art Show & Auction
12:30-2 p.m. - American Legion Rodeo Grounds
The addition of this event gives those with an artistic flair a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art that is finished right there at event. Those wishing to get to the rodeo arena early can enjoy food and beverages from our gathering of vendors while perusing the pieces and talking with the artists.
The art will be up for auction immediately following the last rodeo event.
Admission to the grounds, which also includes the rodeo, is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and children 5-and-under get in free.
76th Annual Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo
2 p.m. - American Legion Rodeo Arena
It's one of the oldest, continually run rodeos in all of Montana. Each year Drummond draws some of the best talent in the rodeo world for attendees to see up close and personal. That action is coupled with some great family fun in the form of rodeo clown Danger Dave, a fan favorite year after year. It's a day of fast-paced action you do not want to miss!
Admission to the area, which also includes the art show and auction, is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and children 5-and-under get in free.
Western Art Auction
4:30 p.m. (Time approximate after rodeo) - American Legion Rodeo Grounds
The art is up for bids, with local auctioneer Casey Weaver doing the honors. Make sure to get your bid in early for the pieces you want!
Valley Fire District Duck Races
5:30 p.m. (Time approximate after auction) - Town of Drummond Park
Ladies and Gentlemen ... Float your ducks! You can buy ducks for $5 each of a Flock of Five for $20. Ducks can be purchased at local businesses or from members of the Valley Fire District. Get 'em while they're hot because they typically go fast! The ducks are run in four heats of 250 each, with the Top 10 moving on to the final race where those 40 fastest ducks battle it out for glory and cash!
The winning duck gets $500, second $300 and third $150. All proceeds go to the VFD's general fund.
by Tim Allen, QSPNLive.com