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Slideshow: Spend a night at the annual Wing Rodeo in North Dakota.

Sarah McNaughton

July 26, 2023

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Small-town rodeos and county fair season go hand in hand. Families and rodeo fans alike flock to arenas in rural communities to see their favorite athletes compete for that fast time check.

Events sanctioned with the North Dakota Rodeo Association hold, on average, nine events: tie-down roping, bareback riding, ladies breakaway, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, senior men’s breakaway and bull riding.

Some rodeo performances hold extra events for spectators, such as a ribbon race or mutton busting to get the whole family involved. The association’s Wing Rodeo happens during the town’s annual Wing Community Days, and the whole community shows their support.

Cowboys and cowgirls from across the region come out ready to rope and ride. Click through the slideshow to see a rodeo on the Great Plains.

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About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education. She is working on completing her master’s degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. In her undergraduate program, she discovered a love for the agriculture industry and the people who work in it through her courses and involvement in professional and student organizations.

After graduating college, Sarah worked at KFGO Radio out of Fargo, N.D., as a farm and ranch reporter. She covered agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating and facilitating youth programming in various project areas.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, serving on the executive board for North Dakota Agri-Women, and as a member in American Agri-Women, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys running with her cattle dog Ripley, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Sarah is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and currently resides in Fargo.

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