Just like Wyoming is synonymous with cowboys, Gillette and Campbell County are becoming known for rodeo. The county has a long history of sports such as bull riding, steer roping and barrel racing, and it hosts several large rodeo events. “Campbell County has always been known as a rodeo community,” says Rex Brown, marketing manager at CAM-PLEX, Gillette’s largest multievent facility. One event CAM-PLEX hosts is the National High School Finals Rodeo in July, which draws 1,500 contestants. “It’s kind of like the World Series – the best of the best come here to compete. It’s a huge family-friendly event,” Brown says.
Campbell County also hosts the Energy Town Pro Rodeo, held each August in conjunction with the Campbell County Fair. “The Energy Town Pro Rodeo hosts some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the region to compete in their respective events,” says Betty Hough, Campbell County Fair manager.
Even kids can get in on the rodeo action in Gillette. “There are several kids’ rodeos during the summer, including two Little Levi Rodeos, a youth rodeo during the fair, and a high school rodeo that is just for Wyoming kids to participate in,” Hough says.