Dear Valued Contestants:

Added money at $3,000 per event. Gary Van Der Geest Memorial Saddles are awarded to the All Around Cowboy and Champion Barrel Racer. In case of a tie in any event, the winner will be decided by a coin toss, cut of the cards, or by drawing straws. If you’re not present, a committee member will be appointed to represent you in the tie.

Enjoy our acclaimed Contestant Hospitality/VIP Tent beginning two hours prior to each performance. A special rodeo brunch, will be held on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM. Free Camping, Free Haircuts, and miscellaneous other giveaways. Human Chiropractor and a Veterinarian on grounds each day. Performances are at 7 PM Friday and Saturday, 1 PM on Sunday.

  • Food and Merchandise Vendors on the grounds opening Friday afternoon.
  • Armed Services Appreciation Night on Friday June 6th, 2025.
  • Cancer Awareness performance on Saturday June 7th, 2025. Be sure to dress in your pink attire.
  • Sunday June 8th, 2025 is our Family Day. Our final performance at 1 PM
  • Following the performance on Friday and Saturday there will be live country music in the Beer Garden.

*HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: The State of Wisconsin has strict Equine Import laws. Wisconsin Import Requirements for Equines. All Equine animals entering the grounds must have proper documentation. If the proper documentation is not provided, horses will not be allowed off the trailer, and participation will be prohibited. NO EXCEPTIONS! The original and a copy of all required documentation must be provided. Contestants and companions please have your PRCA/WPRA cards/ permits with you for access to the arena, no admittance without it!!!

We look forward to seeing all our friends from the past and hope to make a lot of new ones!

Contestant entrance to the Merrill Festival Grounds will be on Memorial Dr instead of 6th Street as it has in the past.  Past, Current, and Future construction has made this necessary, and we hope that it’s more convenient for the contestants. (coming from US 51, turn left on Hwy 64 into town, turn right onto Memorial Dr. from the 2nd Kwik Trip and watch for signs, coming from Hwy 64 west, follow Hwy 64 through town to Kwik Trip and turn left onto Memorial Dr. and watch for signs)