My first full rodeo experience at the Flint Hills Rodeo

Flint Hills Rodeo

Flint Hills Rodeo

Something I’ve never experienced is a full-blown rodeo. I’m talking about calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and more. So we were told about the Flint Hills Rodeo.

The rodeo took place in Strong City which was about an hour and a half drive from Wichita. This year marked the 86th annual event.

Located in the heart of the Flint Hills, top professional rodeo contestants from all over to compete in seven traditional rodeo events; Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc riding, Team Roping and Bull Riding and new in 2024, Women’s Breakaway Roping. Outside of bull riding, everything was entirely new to me.

The Flint Hills Rodeo started with tons of American pride and a tribute to the troops.

And then, they immediately jumped into two hours of non-stop rodeo fun.

One of the events that caught my eye immediately was steer wrestling.  The basic synopsis from a first-time rodeo attendee was that a cowboy was on a horse and chased down a steer, hops off the horse to wrestle a steer down to the ground. It was wild……

….but not as wild as mutton busting. In this event at the Flint Hills Rodeo, kids would ride a sheep for as long as they could. This brought numerous laughs.

FYI, no children were harmed in this event.

Then there was calf roping, which was also wild. This is where a rider tries to rope down a calf while on a horse, then gets off the horse and ties down the calf. The pictures don’t do this event justice.

Of course, there was bull riding, which was always fun to watch.

I think the highlight of the event for many was watching a bunch of kids age 9-11 chase down calves and try to get the ribbon that was attached to them. If a kid was able to get a ribbon, there was a cash prize attached to it.

All in all, it was pretty good entertainment. While it’s something I probably wouldn’t attend regularly, I wouldn’t mind going to another rodeo in the future.

To learn more about the Flint Hills Rodeo, check out their webpage.

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