Top 101 Western Events – North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and “Out East”

All American Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 1-24 Columbus, Ohio 740-943-2346,

All American Quarter Horse Congress

Oct. 1-24

Columbus, Ohio


Columbus is horse country in October. Home to the largest single-breed horse show in the world, the All American Quarter Horse Congress draws an estimated 650,000 people during three weeks of shows and events. Only 5,000 people showed up when the event began 44 years ago. Today’s attendees own an average of 7.6 quarter horses each, and more than 17,000 total are entered in the event.

Feb. 25-28

Pigeon Forge Saddle Up!

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


April 16-18

Midwest Horse Fair

Madison, Wis.


April 14-17

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship

Tunica, Miss.


May 28-29th

John Wayne Birthday Celebration

Winterset, Iowa


June 12–20 and 24–26

Nebraskaland Days

North Platte, Neb.


June 18–19

Wild Bill Days

Deadwood, S.D.


June 26–27

Gene Autry Days

Kenton, Ohio


Oct. 26–30

National Barrel Horse Association World Championships

(Location to be announced)


July 15–18

Oregon Trail Days

Gering, Neb.


July 24

National Day of the American Cowboy

Nationwide and international observances

Celebrate the American Cowboy during this Senate-sanctioned holiday, with events held nationally and internationally.

July 27–31

Days of ’76 Rodeo

Deadwood, S.D.


July 30–Aug. 8

Dodge City Days

Dodge City, Kan.

(620) 227-3119,

A rodeo, craft show, and barbecue contest make this event perfect for families.

Sept. 11–Oct. 30

National Harvest Festival

Branson, Mo.


Sept. 17–19

Spirit of the West Festival

Sioux Falls, S.D.


Celebrate Western history and culture with three days ofre-enactments, cook-offs, and music.

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