As part of the nationwide Ram Rodeo Series, our PRCA Pro Rodeo is one of the most exciting events at the Fair! The Missoula Stampede Rodeo dates all the way back to 1915 and the tradition continues today with men and women’s Professional Rodeo Association contestants competing for points that will carry them through to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The predecessor of the Missoula County Fairgrounds/Western Montana Fair was the Western Montana Agricultural, Mechanical and Mineral Association, Inc. It was incorporated at the Missoula County Courthouse in November 1874. In 1875, a committee selected a site and drew up by-laws for the fair association. A fair site was selected within the eastern half of what is now 39th Street, Russell Street, South Avenue, and Paxson Street. By April 1876, a one-mile race track, 60 feet wide, was constructed at a cost of $400.