Dillon's Labor Day weekend kicks off today

County Fair, Jaycee Rodeo extravaganza

Orin John Larsen of Twin Falls, Idaho is a former College National Finals champion and rode Sankey’s Joe to the conclusion of an exciting ride, but he missed out and took a no score during the Sunday performance of last year’s Dillon Jaycee Labor Day Rodeo. In the background is the VIP seating above the bucking chutes. You can inquire about tickets to the Gold Buckle Cub by calling the Jaycee Ticket Booth (683-5771). J.P. Plutt photo


Labor Day weekend provides a traditional fair and rodeo weekend to signal the end of summer and a transition from shorts and t-shirts into long pants and jackets. Before that shift occurs, time stops for the three-day weekend, and citizens enjoy the western-style festival.

Beaverhead County Fair

Entries begin rolling in Wednesday, all with hopes of grand championship results. The fair gates open officially Thursday morning at 8 a.m. and close Sunday afternoon. Prize flowers and baked goods, fruits and leather projects and all other such entries will meet the critical stare of a judge’s eye.

At the livestock pens hogs, steers, and sheep, along with rabbits, roosters and farm animals of all sorts, will be shown by young 4-H kids in the traditional uniform of a white shirt, dark pants and tie.


Paradise Amusements Carnival Company enters their second year as Dillon’s Labor Day carnival. The professionally run show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. 


The Dillon Jaycees will stage the 58th edition of their PRCA rodeo. The highlight of Montana’s Biggest Weekend, the show matches top stock from Wade Sankey against some of the best cowboys in the world. Each performance opens with a non-traditional PRCA event, the Reg Kesler Memorial Wild Horse Race. Action is nonstop through the bull riding finale.

The PRCA season now ends Sept. 30.  At one time the season extended into November.  So cowboys on the bubble of the top 15 in the world hit as many rodeos as they can at the end of the season, which brings many of the world’s best hands to Dillon.

In a effort to boost the added prize money, the Jaycees have added an enclosed VIP skybox seating area behind the bucking chutes.  The Gold Buckle Club seats go for $2,000 with a companion pass costing $500 for two.  The renewable membership in the Gold Buckle Club will limit the availability of the special seating to the first 25 or so supporters who get on board.

The Dillon Jaycee Auxiliary helps the Jaycees through the weekend.  They chair the parade and help at the rodeo.

Saturday’s rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m., while the wild horses buck out of the chutes at 2 p.m. to kickoff the Sunday performance. Slack is set to start at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.  From Wednesday on, tickets will be available at the Jaycee Building (683-5771) at the fairgrounds.


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