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As of Aug. 6, there have been 463 rodeos during the 2018 season paying out a total of $29,219,319.

Sculptor Tony Chytka of Belle Fourche, S.D., has been making sculptors since 1984 and rodeo has been the main theme. Some of his most decorated sculptures are on display at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, S.D. Chytka created the first two large bronze sculptures of ProRodeo Hall of Famer and legend Casey Tibbs and Mattie Goff Newcombe inside the museum in Fort Pierre. His third large bronze of five-time world champion saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer was placed outside the rodeo center in Fort Pierre and the fourth bronze of Casey Tibbs was unveiled June 2 at the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions in Fort Pierre. In 2019, a fifth large bronze of four-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Clint Johnson will be placed outside the rodeo arena. According to Chytka, the bronze sculpture of Johnson will be three-quarters life size. “It will be non-stop work for four months for me to get it done,” Chytka said. “I’ve known Clint since we were in high school. I went to college in Spearfish (S.D.) and that’s where Clint was born and raised. Tibbs, Etbauer and Johnson highlight the top three saddle bronc riders in South Dakota and complete the sculpture garden dedicated to Johnny Smith. “Bronc riding tradition is pretty big in South Dakota and Casey (Tibbs) could be the greatest ever,” Johnson said. “It will be quite an honor to be honored by that foundation and be in the garden with Casey and Billy Etbauer.” Chytka said he’s hoping to have the large sculpture of Johnson done in time to take it to display in his booth – TR Chytka Bronze – at the South Point Hotel Casino during Cowboy Christmas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo … The century-old wooden grandstands at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, S.D., are being demolished and will be replaced with steel-and-aluminum grandstands with a roof according to an Aug. 4 Associated Press story. Public Works Director Dirk Hoffman says the goal is to finish demolition work by Sept. 1 and have all the concrete work complete before it freezes. Project officials hope to have the project complete in time for the Black Hills Roundup’s 100th anniversary in July. City Council approved the more than $1.3 million project last year after growing safety concerns. Mayor Gloria Landphere says the city’s general fund reserves and third penny/hospitality tax revenue reserves will contribute funds. The Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, S.D., was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colo. … The next PRCA Rodeo Camp will be Aug. 11 in Cascade, Mont. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MT). Registration is required at www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/rodeo/youth-rodeo.

 
 
 
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