After three to four years of searching for the right property, a new rodeo arena in Killdeer is now in the beginning stages of construction and donations.
By Zak Wellerman
Stacy Steffan, secretary/ treasurer of the Killdeer Saddle Club, said the club is doing everything for donations to fund the arena while the dirt work for construction is being completed.
Donations are coming from people, local businesses and grants, Steffan said.
“We’re only funding things that we have the money for,” Steffan said.
The saddle club will be hosting a Christmas party with a dinner and dance at the Buckskin on Jan. 20 to show appreciation to all the volunteers and businesses that donate to make our events possible and to let people know about the new arena plans, Steffan said.
The supper will start at 6 p.m. and the dance will start at 8 p.m.
The arena will include hill seating with a two-tier level and a walkway in the middle. While there is no set completion date, the goal is to start using the arena for the high school rodeo on May 6, she added.
After relocating the high school rodeo to Williston last year, the saddle club wanted to have a way to keep the rodeo in Killdeer.
“We want to continue our tradition,” Steffan said.
This year will be the 95th year for the PRCA and the 54th year for high school rodeo.
“The new rodeo arena will be for the youth to put on events; 4H and ag students have both been interested in putting on events,” Steffan said. “It could bring more people to the area for tourism and business.”
Steffan added that the saddle club would like to stay local and use as many area businesses as possible.