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By LuAnn Schindler

Clearwater's Big Rodeo named Mid-States large purse rodeo of the year


November 10, 2022

Mike Tabbert | SAM

Top event • Clearwater's Big Rodeo receives the Mid-States Rodeo Association rodeo of the year honors for 2022. Competitors from the region compete in the a event, held the last weekend in June.

Three in a row.

Clearwater's Big Rodeo, sponsored by the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, received it's third consecutive nod as the top large purse rodeo by members of the Mid-States Rodeo Association.

The award was announced Monday, via MSRA's social media channels.

Rodeo co-chairman Gene Snodgrass said it's the 13th time Clearwater's event has claimed the top award.

The chamber was tabbed as the top rodeo in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988.

In 2020, the rodeo was rescheduled to mid-July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several rodeos were canceled that year, as a result of directed-health measures in place, but Clearwater Chamber officers worked with North Central District Health Department to ensure a safe show for everyone involved.

The rodeo brought home top show honors that year and they repeated as the top large purse rodeo in 2021.

MSRA members determine winners of the group's annual awards, voting in nine categories, including announcer, secretary, timer, judge, pick up man, bullfighter, timed event contractor and rough stock contractor.

In recent years, the rodeo grounds have received several upgrades, including skybox seating, new concession stands and bleachers.

An additional building project, which will feature office space, a meeting room and storage, is in the works.

O'Neill Summerfest Rodeo was tabbed as the best small purse rodeo.


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