North Dakota High School Rodeo Finals
This week, the citizens and businesses of Bowman welcome judges, contestants, and fans from across the state to the North Dakota High School Rodeo Finals for the 29th time.
The National High School Rodeo Association started with Claude Mullins, a Texas educator whose original idea led to the Texas State High School Championship Rodeo that was first held in 1947, drawing contestants from across the state. This was followed by similar rodeos in New Mexico in 1948, and in Louisiana, Montana, and South Dakota in 1949. In August of 1949, the National High School Rodeo Association was officially formed at their first national finals, held in Hallettsville, Texas.
North Dakota joined the National High School Rodeo Association in 1951, and the state finals were held in cities around the state. In 1987, Bowman threw its hat in the ring, bidding against other towns such as Bismarck, Dickinson, Killdeer, and New Salem for the honor of hosting the finals in 1988, and won. Every three years, the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association accepts bids and selects the site for the finals, and Bowman has been chosen every cycle since 1987.
For more information on the National High School Rodeo Association, visit www.nhsra.com. For more information on North Dakota High School Rodeo Finals visit www.ndhsra.com. And to get more information on Bowman, please visit www.bowmannd.com.
We here at Pioneer Trails Regional Museum are excited to welcome all the rodeo contestants and fans to Bowman, and hope you’ll take some time and come visit us!