Augusta American Legion Rodeo | Augusta, Montana

Celebrating its 83rd anniversary, the Augusta American Legion Rodeo is one of Montana's oldest. In 2005, it was named Montana's Tourism Event of The Year by Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Montana Tourism Advisory Council. In 1936 and 1937 the rodeo was hosted by Lou Randall, who owned the Buckhorn Bar with the help of Art and Tot Nett as well as the American Legion and Walt Mcmanus.

The original arena was what the Little League Field is now. Gates from the Great Northern and snow fence made up the arena. In 1938 the land was purchased by the American Legion for the arena that is still used today. That same year, the Legion membership voted to produce the rodeo, despite the strenuous objections of Adjutant Guy Crowe, who cited the Legion's Post's modest cash balance of $3.75. A motion was presented by Legionnaire Tot Nett to spend the $3.75 for beer and still put on the rodeo……..the motion was carried. Pat Swan was hired to get out the timber; the building of the arena was done by the Legionnaires, there were no seats at this time; everyone sat in or on the cars or on the ground. Stock was picked up locally by Tot Nett, Art Nett, Bing Wellman and Bud Swanson, including some horses that the owners did not know were being used for bucking stock. At that time there was also a shortage of contestants, so the Legionnaires would comb the bushes to find some cowboys that had celebrated a little too much and put them aboard the bucking stock. The rodeo has progressed since then until we now have one of the finest arenas in the Northwest and have become one of the largest one day rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

The day before the big rodeo, enjoy a carnival, street dance and slack where extra competitors show off their skills. Check out the event schedule on our website or Facebook page. 

2019 Schedule

June 29: Parade & Live music around town *Rodeo Parade starts @ 2:00PM

June 30: Slack Rodeo & Big Rodeo.


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Latitude: 47.491092682 Longitude: -112.39037323 Elevation: 4070 ft

Event Dates

6/30/2019 – 6/30/2019

Admission Fee (if any)

$20 reserved $15 Adults & $5 Children general admission tickets can be purchased in advance at Augusta Service, Buckhorn Bar, Lazy B Bar and Western Bar

Ages Festival is Appropriate For


Type of Festival

Outdoor Activity

Event Setting

Reserved seats have shade over the bleachers. General Admission is bleacher seating in the afternoon sun.


I worked in Augusta from 1970-75 and still love your town. I’m originally from White Sulphur, MT., but live northeast of Belgrade now. We would like to attend the rodeo on June 25, 2017, & want to inquire about rv camping in or close to town. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

Rick Ellison, 4/27/2017

Hi Rick! There are several Forest Service designated camping areas just outside of Augusta that accommodate RVs, but don't have hook-ups. Wagons West Motel & RV Park is a private campground and has full hook-ups. Visit for more information on these RV sites. Have any additional questions feel free to email us at Enjoy!

Sheena Pate, 5/1/2017

I love it!

Jeremy, 7/20/2017

I lived in Mike Horse on the Continental Divide 1950 - 1952 and my parents took us to Augusta for the rodeos. Great memories . Mike Horse was a mining settlement (Asarco). Local ranchers supplied us with lots of fresh products - and that's how we got to know some of the riders. Then we moved to Washington state and from there back to Quebec Canada to another mining community. From rodeos to hockey ...big switch in those days.

Art Moad, 7/7/2018

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