Benton Frontier Days & Rodeo

The 2018 Benton Frontier Days Celebration will kick off tomorrow, July 17th and run through the weekend (Sunday, July 22nd). The highlight of the week is the Benton Championship Rodeo, presented by the Benton Area Rodeo Association. The Benton Area Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization whose goal is to stimulate tourism to the Benton area to provide fundraising opportunities to local charities, service groups, fire companies, ambulance associations, scouts, and churches.

The Benton Rodeo is considered to be one of the best of the 65 rodeos east of the Mississippi River, as voted by the American Professional Rodeo Association. It draws cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country as well as Canada. Riders and performers come to the rodeo to show what they’ve got and to compete with the best of the best. Admission to the Rodeo grounds is FREE, parking is $2.00.  Primitive campsites are available for $5.00 per night. General Admission tickets to see the Championship Rodeo and events are $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for children age 4 to 12 and seniors over 65, $10.00 for active duty military, and FREE for children 3 and under. All shows will be presented rain or shine.

– Enjoy the Variety of Food –

Find hot dogs and hamburgers, soups and drinks, hot sausage sandwiches, halushki, and more at the main food stand. Pizza – plain or pepperoni at the pizza stand. Fresh cut french fries at the Benton Fire Company stand. Funnel cakes and corn dogs from the Benton Rodeo Association. There will be ice cream and roasted peanuts from the Benton Lions Club. Find thick milk shakes from the Benton Christian Church. Try the nachos at the Boy Scout Troop #51 stand or snow cones from the Benton FFA.

– 2018 Schedule of Events –

Tuesday, July 17
Fun Horse Show – 7:30 PM presented by Benton Rodeo Fun Show Group.
Entertainment: TBA

Wednesday, July 18
3D Barrel Racing – 7:30 PM Presented by Benton Rodeo Fun Show Group.
Entertainment: TBA

Thursday, July 19
APRA and IPRA Sanctioned Championship Rodeo – 7:30 PM
Entertainment: TBA

Friday, July 20
APRA and IPRA Sanctioned Championship Rodeo – 7:30 PM
Entertainment: TBA

Saturday, July 21
Leukemia/Lymphoma Cure walk/run- 8:00 AM
Special Kids Roundup – 10:00 AM A special event for Special Kids
APRA Sanctioned Championship Rodeo- 7:30 PM
Entertainment: TBA
Breakfast available 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Prepared by Zion United Church of Christ

Sunday, July 22
Cowboy Church – 10 AM – Non-Denominational Church Service – Everyone is welcome – featuring Rev. Jim & Jeremiah with special music by the Raven Creek Band and Kaili Hannon.
BULL-A-RAMA – 7:30 PM
Breakfast available 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Prepared by Zion United Church of Christ

– Directions and More Info –

To get to the Benton Rodeo, take State Route 487 into Benton. The Rodeo grounds are located by turning onto Mendenhall Lane on the northern end of town. The Rodeo grounds are at the end of the road on the left. Each year, the event continues to grow, so come be a part of this time-honored Benton tradition.  We look forward to seeing you at the festivities this year! For further details, please visit the Benton Rodeo’s website.

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