The Black Hills Roundup began in 1918 as a fundraiser for WWI Red Cross efforts. It continues to this day as one of the most anticipated events of the 4th of July holiday in the Black Hills. It is the biggest event of the year in Belle Fourche, and many school and family reunions take place at this time.
The Roundup now includes not only the Ranch Rodeo and four PRCA performance nights, but two of the biggest nights of 4th of July fireworks in the Hills. The rodeos themselves always include fun family-friendly events such as calf roping and mutton busting. Rodeo evenings end with concerts held at the Roundup Grounds. Other activities include an authentic cattle drive down State Street, plus the highly anticipated 4th of July Roundup Parade through downtown Belle Fourche.
The Black Hills Roundup (photo courtesy JodieB Photography – Jodie Baxendale)
Tickets for the Black Hills Roundup – as well as the accompanying carnival – are sold each year at the Visitor Center desk at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center. The staff of the complex also helps the BHR with marketing and promotional materials, as well as preparation for the parade and other events.
Want to know more about this year’s Black Hills Roundup? Here’s a link to their website (www.BlackHillsRoundup.com)!