We are co-sanctioned with the Prairie, Badlands, and First Frontier Circuits with added money at $2,000 per event and $4,000 for Team Roping, Bull Riding, and Saddle Bronc.Gary Van Der Geest Memorial Saddles are awarded to the All Around Cowboy and Champion Barrel Racer. A Trophy Vest is awarded to each Event Champion and the Reserve Champion Barrel Racer. A buckle will be presented to the high-point earning permit holder in Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding. In case of a tie in any event, the winner will be decided by a coin toss, cut of the cards, or by drawing straws. If you’re not present, a committee member will be appointed to represent you in the tie.
Enjoy our acclaimed Contestant Hospitality/VIP Tent beginning two hours prior to each performance. A special rodeo brunch, will be held on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM. Free Camping, Free Haircuts, and miscellaneous other giveaways. Human Chiropractor and a Veterinarian on grounds each day. Performances are at 7 PM Friday and Saturday, 1 PM on Sunday.
*HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: The State of Wisconsin has strict Equine Import laws. Wisconsin Import Requirements for Equines. All Equine animals entering the grounds must have proper documentation. If the proper documentation is not provided, horses will not be allowed off the trailer, and participation will be prohibited. NO EXCEPTIONS! The original and a copy of all required documentation must be provided. Contestants and companions please have your PRCA/WPRA cards/ permits with you for access to the arena, no admittance without it!!!
Host Hotel is
Contestant entrance to the Merrill Festival Grounds will be on Memorial Dr instead of 6th Street as it has in the past. Past, Current, and Future construction has made this necessary, and we hope that it’s more convenient for the contestants. (coming from US 51, turn left on Hwy 64 into town, turn right onto Memorial Dr. from the 2nd Kwik Trip and watch for signs, coming from Hwy 64 west, follow Hwy 64 through town to Kwik Trip and turn left onto Memorial Dr. and watch for signs)
Rainbow Coin Laundry [ Click for map ]
1616 River St, Merrill, open 24 hr/ 365 days
Merrill Water Treatment Facility
(RV Dumping Station) [ Click for map ]
2606 Sturdevant St, Merrill, 7-3 M-F, 7-1:30 Sat-Sun, $2.00 fee