Weekend Schedule

September 1, 2, & 3, 2023

Our performances start at 7pm Friday and Saturday. The final performance is at 2pm on Sunday. As part of each performance, we offer fun activities for the youngsters, such as mutton busting, the watermelon crawl, calf scramble, and more!

Friday, September 1st, 2023

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

• 6:15pm - Pre-Rodeo Events

• 7:00pm - Rodeo performance

• Mutton Bustin' during Intermission

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

• 6:15pm - Pre-Rodeo Events

• 7:00pm - Rodeo Performance

• Mutton Bustin' during Intermission

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

• 10:00am - Church Service, featuring Evangelist Lee Downey of the Six Seasons Christian Riders

• 11:30am - Miracle Rodeo

• 1:30pm - Watermelon Crawl

• 2:00pm - Rodeo Performance

• Calf Chase during Intermission


Our rodeo is a non-profit organization, which means we need a whole lot of help to put this event on. The more help we can get the easier it will be for everyone! We need volunteers for parking cars, selling tickets, watching gates, kitchen help, selling merchandise, crowd control, kids games, and more. We have our volunteer sign up meeting on the Thursday prior to the rodeo which will be on August 31 at 6pm in the curling building at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds. At this time everyone will decide what volunteer jobs they would like to do. We ask that all volunteers are at least 18 years of age. You can just show up at the volunteer meeting or call the Rodeo at (218)252-8557 if you're interested in volunteering to work at the Rodeo.  All volunteers are given a free T-shirt when they show up for work.

The volunteer meeting will be held Thursday, August 31st at 6:00 p.m. at the Curling Club at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds.

Contact Us For Volunteer Opportunities

What Our Guests Say:

"Fun for the while family. Good food and clean facilities!"
"Always a great time. I look forward to seeing it next year. Jesse is a great mc!"
"Great rodeo and great grounds! Love the hospitality. The fact it poured rain and the arena never got dangerous is awesome."
"This rodeo is one of the best! I always feel so welcome here, and there is something for everyone. The drill team is awesome!"

Our 2023 Sponsors

We have many levels of sponsorships for the Great Northern Classic Rodeo. If you are interested in a sponsorship you can call the Rodeo at (218) 252-8557.

We want to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support in this event. We have been able to offer donations of money to St. Luke’s Breast Center, Douglas County 4H, Post 435, Dairyland Outdoor Veterans Retreat, Across the Pond, North Country Ride, and others. We hope to continue this with the help of everyone involved.

4 Corners Store - The Premier Sponsor of The GNCR 2023

We want to give an extra big thank you to our friends at 4 Corners Store, locally owned and operated - they carry a little bit of everything" 4 Corners Store The Premier sponsor of the 2023 GNCR

Northwest Outlet - Our 2023 Gate Sponsor

A big thank you to Northwest Outlet our Gate Sponsor for the 2023 GNCR!

Dan's Feed Bin

Dan's Feed Bin - Our 2023 Gate Sponsor. Thank you for your continued support of the GNCR!

Barkers Island Inn- Sponsor '23

A big thank you to Barkers Island Inn as a returning sponsor for the 2023 season!
Udeen Excavating Inc.

Udeen Excavating Inc.

2022-2023 RODEO ANNOUNCER - Jesse Knudsen

Rodeo Announcer Jesse Knudsen was born and raised in "Rodeo City" of Manawa, WI. The 46-year-old has traveled from Wisconsin to Florida, Massachusetts to Utah and everywhere in between. Knudsen has called the action at rodeos and Bullridings since 2005 and works about 30 events each year. In all told the former PRCA bullrider and PRCA bullfighter has had his talents displayed in 38 states. In the winter of 2019, Jesse’s talents took him across the world to the middle east in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he was chosen to be the announcer for the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival Bullriding. There he performed for the United States Embassy and the Prince of Saudi Arabia during his stay.

The Wisconsin announcer has been selected to announce the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association Finals, Minnesota Rodeo Association Finals (3X), Southwestern Professional Bullriders Finals, Professional Championship Bullriders Finals(2X), Central Bullriders Association Finals(5X), and the Premier Bulls Tour Finals(5X). In November of 2021 Jesse was selected to be the Music Director at the National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, KS. Knudsen currently serves on the PRCA Executive Council as the Announcer Director, a position that was voted on by his peers.

When Knudsen is not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his daughter Brenley Mae and following the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

We encourage you to follow him on social media at 920rodeo

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