Crystal Springs Ranch Rodeo
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PO Box 47
17803 479th Ave
Clear Lake, SD 57226
(605) 874-2996

Frequently Asked Questions

I have never been to this rodeo – what can I expect?

This is an all natural rodeo bowl with no assigned seating and no bleachers. All seating is on a first come first serve on the open hillside. We encourage you to get there early and bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Please also bring a jacket! Although it may be 90 degrees during the day, the temperature drops significantly at night. 

Are there concessions or beer served?

Yes. We have several different concession booths with all different kinds of food, snacks, beverages and beer. 

Can we bring a cooler?

No. Starting in 2014, coolers will not be allowed into the rodeo arena. Please click here for our new policy. Crystal Springs Rodeo, Inc. reserves the right to inspect contents of backpacks, coats, etc. anytime and confiscate if necessary.

Why no glass bottles? 

The Crystal Springs Ranch is a working ranch. Cattle graze on this hillside throughout the year. Glass and especially broken glass are a hazard for these and other animals. Crystal Springs Ranch is also under Grassland Easement. This area is protected to preserve the habitat quality of the lands for a varied array of wildlife, particularly waterfowl and threatened and endangered species. PLEASE RESPECT THIS LAND!

Is there a charge for parking?

No. All parking is free and there are parking lot attendants directing you where to go. Please expect a wait line leaving the grounds at night.

Is there disabled seating and parking?

Yes there is reserved handicap parking at the main gate. There are volunteers to assist in parking and golf carts available to transport people to the seating area. 

What are the seats like?

Limited handicap and VIP/Reserved seating offers level chairs. The rest is hillside with no assigned seating. Visitors may bring lawn chairs, blankets or tarps to sit on.  

What time does the rodeo start?

Gates open at 6:00 PM. The rodeo performance starts at 8:00 PM. Get there EARLY!

What if it rains?

We show rain or shine! 

What is the tarp policy?

You may attempt to reserve your spot on the hillside prior to the rodeo with a tarp. However, if the tarp is not full by 8:15 p.m. at each rodeo performance, we retain the right to remove these tarps. The rodeo is not responsible for tarps.

Do you spray for mosquitoes?

Yes, the week prior to the rodeo, the ground is sprayed for mosquitoes.

Can I bring a horse and is there a trail ride?

Yes. Horses are allowed, but keep in mind the campground noise and traffic in the area. Our Justin Crisis Fund trail ride is Saturday at 10:00 AM. Refreshments are provided, however, we request donations to this great cowboy cause.  

If I don’t want to camp where can I stay?

There are plenty of hotels and wonderful places to stay in the area! See Other Lodging Accomodations

Is there any other place to camp other than on the rodeo grounds?

There are campgrounds located at the City Park in Clear Lake, Ulven Park on the east side of Clear Lake at Lake Cochrane and at Buffalo Ridge in Gary, SD.

There is also a marked QUIET ZONE on the North side of the rodeo campground. 

What can I do during the day and what does Clear Lake and the surrounding community offer?

There are several community events in Clear Lake during the rodeo weekend. In addition, Clear Lake offers a beautiful 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, several parks and lakes, a library, an area history museum and of course local shopping.

Lake Cochrane, Brookings, Gary and Watertown, SD are also close by and offer several amenities and attractions.

Is there a dance after the rodeo? 

Yes. There is a dance in town at The Lanes.

What events are at the rodeo?

Seven events each night: Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping.

Is this a professional rodeo?

Yes. We are a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), sanctioned rodeo.

Are the cowboys/cowgirls professionals?


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