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Livingston Roundup

A cowboy watches bull riders compete during the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

By the time the Yellowstone River began flooding dramatically in the second week of June, all three days of the Livingston Roundup rodeo had already been sold out for a month.

“We’re a destination rodeo,” said Bruce Becker, president of the Livingston Roundup Association. “A lot of people come to the rodeo and then go to Yellowstone.”


This year, the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park is closed, but that didn’t stop the arena at the Park County Fairgrounds from filling up with people from near and far.

Livingston Roundup

Attendees of the Livingston Roundup mingle before the shows began on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Livingston Roundup

Gizmo McCracken, a travelling rodeo clown, performs a comedic bit in the arena at the Park County Fairgrounds during the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Livingston Roundup

Lexi Bagnell, from Polson, Montana, prepares to compete in barrel racing during the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Livingston Roundup

Dempsey Ferris, 6, and his brother, Sawyer, show off their best cowboy faces before watching the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Livingston Roundup

Sage Newman, from Melstone, Montana, competes in saddle bronc riding during the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Livingston Roundup

JR Stratford, from Byers Kansas, holds onto his hat after ejecting from a bull during the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Stratford won the bull riding category.

Livingston Roundup

A cowboy prepares to compete in a roping event at the the Livingston Roundup on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

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Samuel Wilson can be reached at swilson@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2603

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