North Dakota Winter Show
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011
After construction of the North Dakota Winter Show Events Center in 1963 up on Granger Hill, J.C. Stevenson produced an NDRA Championship Rodeo in the new arena, hosted by the Winter Show that had begun in 1937.
The rodeo was sanctioned by the PRCA the next year. Bob Aber, from Beach, North Dakota, has been associated with the event for 48 years, first as stock contractor and now as producer.
The ability to attract top contestants and outstanding stock has allowed North Dakotans to enjoy pro-rodeo and to follow careers of cowboys and cowgirls as they progress toward the NFR and PRCA World Champion titles.
Performers like Brad Gjermundson, Tex Appledoorn and the famous North Dakota ‘Six Pack’ have astonished the crowd who fill the 3,450 seats for each performance, held in early March.
According to Winston Satran’s letter of support, this event is on par with rodeos in Cheyenne, Pendleton and Houston.
Specialty acts and visiting rodeo royalty, such as Brenda Lee (Bono-gofsky) Pickett and Ashley Andrews-Alderson, have graced the arena each year since 1964.
In 1976, a Miss Rodeo North Dakota Winter Show pageant was established, giving young women an opportunity to vie for the Miss Rodeo North Dakota title.