Let's Rodeo

The 63rd celebration will feature Barnes PRCA Rodeo's award winning animal  athletes - bulls, bucking horses and saddle horses.


Welcome to the 63rd Hawley Rodeo

The small town of Hawley, Minnesota rolls out the western hospitality June 9-10, 2023. Located off Hwy 10 and a short drive from I94 and the Fargo area.  The hillside rodeo arena is picturesque, nestled among the northern pines and along the Buffalo River.  Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and FFA members will welcome you to the rodeo and make sure you have plenty of food options.

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2023 Rodeo Clown – Hippie Engelkes

Iowa Rodeo Clown, Wesley “Hippie” Engelkes is coming to Hawley, Minn. June 9-10, 2023.  The hilarious entertainment and impromptu comedy make Hippie a crowd favorite.   In his own words, “almost all of my comedy is improv, no two shows are the same,” he acknowledged. The father of four is in show business and travels the…

Kory Keeth

Announcer – Kory Keeth

Kory is excited to be making a trip back to Hawley, Minnesota for the 62nd American Heroes PRCA Rodeo.  Kory is in his ninth year of announcing rodeos and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the microphone. At 28 years old he has announced in over 25 states and has made a name for himself in…

Jesse Knudsen

Music Director – Jesse Knudsen

Music Director Jesse Knudsen was born and raised in “Rodeo City” of Manawa, WI. The 45-year-old has traveled from Wisconsin to Florida, Massachusetts to Utah and everywhere in between. Knudsen has been playing the music at rodeos and bullridings since 2010 and works about 30 events each year. In all told the former PRCA bullrider…

Trent McFarland Rodeo Clown_Big Texas Burger

2022 Rodeo Clown Trent McFarland

Trent McFarland is a professional rodeo entertainer & barrel man, commonly known as a rodeo clown. He has over 21 years of experience at entertaining crowds with his quick wit, crowd interaction and high energy. He was fortunate to be raised in a clown family. As a second generation clown he grew up making people…

Austin Ashburn bullfighter

2022 Bullfighter Austin Ashburn

By: Gretchen Kirchmann Hailing from Belview, Minnesota is bullfighter Austin Ashburn. This will be his first-year bullfighting at the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minnesota. “I didn’t grow up in the rodeo world, had nothing to do with it except for when I went to the Western Fest PRCA Stampede in Granite Falls, Minnesota…

Austin Tilton PRCA Bullfighter

2022 Bullfighter – Austin Tilton

Welcome back for the second straight year! Austin Tilton, PRCA & PBR Bullfighter, calls Mt. Vernon, South Dakota his home.  Austin has been fighting bulls for five years.  In this short time frame he has been a qualifier for the 2018 American Bullfighting Freestyle World Finals, fought the finals for the Montana Bucking Bulls Tour…

Wyatt Bloom on Hawley Falls at the 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals in Kississmee, Florida. Photo by Ric Andersen and PRCA

Bucking horse named after Hawley, Minn. travels the country

by: Gretchen Kirchmann/Kirchmann Media Group While the winter winds howl during February in Hawley, Minn. and residents shovel snow; the bucking horse named Hawley Falls is enjoying southern temperatures.  The past five years Hawley Falls has competed near Atlanta, Georgia. Barnes PRCA Rodeo named a gelding Hawley Falls after Hawley, Minn.  Marty Barnes the stock…

Tyler Thiessen Bullfighter

2021 Bullfighter Tyler Thiessen

Tyler Thiessen 29 years old From Elk City, OK 3rd year as a PRCA professional bullfighter

Alan Dessel on fence

2021 Entertainer – Allan Dessel

My name is Allan Dessel.  I grew up in rural Cherokee County in Iowa.  My family and I live six miles from the Barnes PRCA Rodeo ranch, so I have known the Barnes family my whole life.  I started helping the Barnes family at their rough stock schools when I was about 13.  The Barnes…

Eric Card

American Hero Eric R. Card

Senior Master Sergeant (retired) Eric R Card Card was born is Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Staples High School, he entered the Air Force in 1991. His First assignment was at Cannon AFB as a weapons loader on F-111’s, his next assignment took him to Aviano AB, Italy where he was a Weapons Standardization…