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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…

Tristan Seargeant bullfighter headshot

2019 Bullfighter – Tristan Seargeant

Tristan Seargeant Age:21 Hometown: Mineral Wells, TX Achievements: 2017 Doxa Extreme Bullfighting world champion, Shorty Gorhams AFB Arlington champion Former All-state linebacker.  Played middle linebacker in Mineral Wells, Texas and went to southwestern Oklahoma State University to play prior to finding the sport of prorodeo and bullfighting.   Additionally, he works on a horse boarding ranch…


Rodeo Clown, Scot Allerdings, featured at 60th Hawley Rodeo

Scot Allerdings from Wyoming really is a class clown, teaching high school PE during the school year.  During his performances, Scot provides several means of high quality family entertainment. From his family friendly comedy to new exciting acts, Scot will keep the crowd entertained throughout the event.  Scot loves to work with the youth and…

Dusta Lee Kimzey_2nd_photo by Gretchen Kirchmann

Trick Riding is coming back to the Hawley Rodeo, June 7-8, 2019

Dusta Lee Kimzey thrills audiences with gymnastics on horseback by Gretchen Kirchmann, Kirchmann Media Group Omaha, Neb. (April 20, 2019) –  This rodeo season Barnes PRCA Rodeo  continues to hire the very best specialty acts for the 60th American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minn.  Those acts feature Tricked Out Trick Riding by Dusta Lee…

Jacob Welker bullfigther

Meet 2018 Bullfighter – Jacob Welker

Chasing dreams and making them come true has been Jacob Welker’s passion for bullfighting and life. Welker, a native of Pretty Prairie, Kansas now in his early twenties is a PRCA card holder.   His career highlights include working the Cody Nite Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming, both the Kansas Junior High and High School State Finals.…

Michael Early protecting a bullrider.

2019 Bullfighter – Michael “Mighty Mike” Early

Michael “Mighty Mike” Early is a 6′ 4″ bullfighter. The 21-year-old hails from Auxvasse, Missouri.  For the past nine years he has been fighting bulls and protecting cowboys. Currently is working on his PRCA permit. Education – Missouri Welding Institute graduate, June 2017; Attended NE Oklahoma A&M Junior College on a bullfighting scholarship for 18…

Silver Anniversary Hawley Rodeo

25th Anniversary Hawley Rodeo, 1985

Former Hawley Rodeo Chairmen

Past Hawley Rodeo Chairman

RCA Official Program - August 4, 5 and 6 1961

2nd Annual Hawley Rodeo, 1961

Kirby Brothers Win Top Honors

Kirby Brothers win top Honors


How Hawley Got Rodeo Contract, 1960

from Hawley Herald newspaper article, 1960 Why was Hawley, a village with a 1960 population of 1,264 persons, selected as the site of the RCA rodeo for northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota? This question has been asked by many inquisitive individuals during the past few months. There are two reasons: first, that Hawley is…