Written by Devon Boen
Wolf Point residents and annual tourists are well-acquainted with the bullfighters, barrel riders and rodeo queens, but there is one group — arguably the most important — which often gets overlooked. No, not the rodeo clowns. We’re talking about the sponsors, the ones who make it all happen.
This year, businesses throughout the local area are stepping up and keeping the Stampede tradition alive. State Farm Insurance, Curtiss Farm and Auto/Carquest and Western Bank are each sponsoring nightly buckles for the winning Wild Horse Race team.
Lucky Cowboy sponsors vary by event. You can thank Blue Rock Companies for barrel racing, Northeast Montana Health Services for tie-down roping, CHMS and Hi-Line Wholesale for team roping, Git-n-Go for steer wrestling, Farm Bureau Financial Services for the Wild Horse Race, Way-Out-West Car Rentals for bareback, Wolf Point Elks Lodge #1764 for saddle bronc, Paul’s Glass & Works for bullriding and Steamboat Dry Goods for steer roping.
The shining stars of Stampede likely couldn’t have achieved their success without some help, including support by sponsors. Announcer Randy Schmutz is sponsored by Nemont, bullfighter Mike Anderson is sponsored by Glasgow Distributors and Bill Braaten Plumbing and bullfighter Darrel Diefenbach is sponsored by the Fort Peck Community College Agriculture Department.
The calcultta auctioneer is sponsored by Wolf Point Federal Credit Union, the electronic scoreboard is sponsored by Blue Rock Companies and Rodeo Sports Medicine is sponsored by McDonald’s.
Bucking chute sponsors include Sherman Inn, Cassco Insurance, Western Bank, Bryan’s, Farmers Elevator, Wolf Point Warehouse Flooring, Nemont Weedbusters and Wilbur Ellis. The bullriding event is sponsored by Coors Lite, the timed event chute is sponsored by First Community Bank, contestants’ hospitality is sponsored by Pro Tire and barrel race outgate is sponsored by Silverwolf Casino.
If you see a great-looking banner during Stampede, credit is due to Peavey Elevator, Columbia Grain and Wolf Point Sand & Gravel.
The Thursday night program sponsor is Tough Enough To Wear Pink in Montana and Bryan’s Wrangler Night. Friday night sponsor is Agland Co-op and the Saturday night sponsor is Farm Credit Services.
Like Lucky Cowboy, event buckle sponsors vary by event. Sponsors include NAPA/GY Supply for saddle bronc, Dad’s Bar & Grill for bareback, Zerbe’s Inc. for bull riding, Harry’s Nite Club for steer wrestling, State Farm Insurance for tie-down roping, Farm Equipment Sales and Glasgow Implement for team roping, Montana-Dakota Utilities for barrel racing, Wolf Point Glass for steer roping and Hi-Line Sports for all-around.
So when you’re sitting at Marvin Brookman Stadium this weekend enjoying Wolf Point’s biggest celebration, don’t forget those who made it all happen.