Livingston Roundup Rodeo: Let the fun begin


The French are known for many things: culture, art, wine and food are just the beginning.

But rodeo?

Yup, rodeo.

Wednesday, during the second of three nightly performances of the Livingston Roundup Rodeo, French cowboy Evan Jayne will board a bareback bucking horse Sports Select.

Those in attendance might also notice that a French camera crew will be following Jayne.

“When I think of rodeo, I don’t think of France, but he’ll be here,” said Livingston Roundup Association President Bruce Becker. “From what I hear, he’s pretty good.”

At the Professional Rodeo Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association level, you’ve got to be good.

Each year, many of the top team ropers, steer wrestlers, tie-down ropers, bull riders, saddle and bareback riders and barrel racers in the world will come to one of the 10 biggest rodeos in the country over the July 4 holiday.

Next week, the Livingston Roundup has 142 steer wrestlers, 122 tie-down ropers, 107 barrel racers, 99 team ropers, 45 bull riders and 36 each of bareback and saddle bronc competitors.

Two or more of the top five competitors in the world in each discipline, in addition to seven-time all-around champion Trevor Brazille, will contend for top pay day’s at Livingston.

And because of that top talent, the July 2-4 performances take place in front of capacity crowds — meaning tickets are a hot commodity.

So much so, according to Becker, that for the July 4 performance, grandstand seating is already sold out and fewer than 300 general admission seats remain.

“We’re very lucky to get the support from the community that we do,” said Becker. “It’s been a long time since we haven’t had a sell out.”

Tickets are available at the rodeo ticket office located on the west side of the arena at the Park County Fairgrounds.

The ticket office is open July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; on July 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. until the rodeo begins; and on July 4 from 10 a.m. until the rodeo starts.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Livingston Chamber of Commerce or by visiting

Reserved seats are $25 and general admission tickets are $14.

The Livingston Roundup actually begins on July 1 with slack.

Slack, which has free entry, starts at 1 p.m., and features steer wrestling, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and team roping.

In year’s past, slack has lasted well into the evening hours.