The World-Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Since 1914, rodeo contractors -- the men who supply the animals for the West's rodeos -- have been meeting in Miles City and lining up their stock. This gathering, which began as an informal event, has now become the "World-Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale," held every third weekend in May. More than 200 horses are sold at auction, from untried stock to spoiled saddle horses. There are parimutuel horse races, a parade, a trade show, and rodeos, as well as wild-horse racing. The downtown area is virtually closed down at night, bands play on the streets, and beer is swilled and spilled while the city's open-container ordinances are suspended inside the "people corral." Tickets cost $12 to $17. For the current schedule, call the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce (tel. 406/234-2890), or visit

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