UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo
Rodeo sign across Main Street in River Falls 2013 Rodeo

The UWRF Rodeo began in 1964 by David Stafford who organized the UWRF Rodeo Club. In less than one year, the club accumulated 50 members and plans began for the first annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo. Every year since then, the Rodeo Club has put on a college rodeo for fans in the River Falls area. Read the history of the UWRF Rodeolink.

Rodeo Q&A

Who can attend the Rodeo?

 All are welcome! UWRF's Rodeo is open to the public and UWRF students are highly encouraged to attend.

When is the 2014 Rodeo?

2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Rodeo. The Rodeo will take place at the following times:

  • Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m.
Where does the Rodeo take place?

The rodeo is located at UWRF's Campus Lab Farm, at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Wasson Lane.

How do I purchase Rodeo tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the show.

Tickets purchased prior to the performances will be $2 off the listed prices and will be available for purchase at the following dates and times:

September 9-11
Agricultural Science building
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

September 10-11
University Center
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

How much does admission cost?

Ticket prices include the following

  • Adults: $12
  • UWRF students: $8
  • Children under 12: $8
  • Children under 4: FREE
Who can participate in the Rodeo?

UWRF members of the Rodeo Club who are on the Rodeo Team are eligible to participate in the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo. About 1/4 of Rodeo Club members participate on the Rodeo Team. There are no requirements to join Rodeo Club, and members are encouraged to participate in as many events as possible to get to know other club members and join in the fun! There are however, requirements that must be met to compete on the UWRF Rodeo Team. See below.

How do I join the Rodeo Team?

To be a member of the Rodeo Team, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) requires that members are a full-time student, with a GPA of at least a 2.0. Any student who meets these requirements and who purchases their NIRA membership can compete. There are many universities that compete at UWRF's Rodeo. The Great Lakes region consists of schools from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Students come from as far as Spearfish, South Dakota (a 12 hour drive) just to participate in our Rodeo!

How many students compete in the Rodeo?

UWRF's Rodeo averages 300 participants, which includes students from across the Great Lakes region. Barrel racing always has the most contestants, but all events are equally entertaining to watch.

What events take place at the Rodeo?

College rodeo events include:

  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Goat Tying
  • Calf Roping
  • Breakaway Roping
  • Team Roping
  • Steer Wresting
  • Bareback Riding
  • Barrel Racing
  • Bull Riding

Each rodeo performance usually lasts around 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Rhere are usually three performances run over the course of a Friday and Saturday. The first two performances of the weekend are referred to as the "Long go." Every college student will compete in one of the two performances, trying to make it to the "Short go," which is the last performance on Saturday night. Students compete in the "Short go" on Saturday night if they are one of the top ten scoring contestants in their event during the "Long go."

Can I purchase memorabilia or food?

UWRF's Rodeo Club sell t-shirts at the performances, and there is a large food stand available with delicious treats.

The 50th anniversary of the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo was celebrated on September 12-14, 2014.


Do you have questions about the Rodeo? Contact the current UWRF Rodeo Club President Haley Dettmeringmail or Rodeo Club advisor Nathan O'Connormail.