PRCA Cowboys, award winning rodeo clown, The Shane Martin Band are headed to Buffalo, Minn. this summer

May 11, 2018 (Buffalo, Minn.) –  The 64th Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo is June 22-23, 2018 and is pouring out the western hospitality on the historic Buffalo Rodeo Grounds located just off Hwy 55 in Buffalo with plenty of entertainment.  Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants will compete nightly at 7 p.m. in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and timed events.


Rodeo Clown Gizmo McCracken, the 2017 Comedy Act of the Year in the PRCA, will bring his humor and funny antics to the rodeo arena.  “I like to keep people looking for me and wondering what I am going to do next,” said Gizmo. His acts are rodeo comedy style and share a high energy.  His comedy is clean and family friendly which adds laughs, smirks, and giggles to the rodeo performance.


Shane Martin and his band are a top draw in the Midwest with a unique blend of modern country rock. Martin will perform nightly after the rodeo in the beer garden. From sharing the stage with numerous national acts to captivating audiences at festivals or in a packed venue, Shane Martin concerts are high energy and the crowd is motivated to dance and sing along.


Martin originally from neighboring Elk River, Minn. is excited to play the Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo for his first time.  “I am super stoked to be performing at the oldest PRCA rodeo in Buffalo, MN June 22 and 23, 2018.  I hope to see a ton of my fans ride out and “Keep The Night Alive” for a boot stomping, country-rocking’ good time!”  His latest album just happens to be “Keep the Night Alive.”


Advance Rodeo tickets start at $12 adults, $6 children online and Reserve Seating is $18 and available at the Buffalo Country Store in Buffalo, Minn. only.



About Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo:  Founded in 1955 and is Minnesota’s oldest continuous rodeo sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The PRCA is rodeo’s equivalent of the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA for other professional sports. The rodeo is affectionately referred to as “the Buffalo Rodeo” similar to how Minnesotans reference the Vikings and Twins.

The Buffalo Rodeo was originally owned, and managed by local businessman Don Peterson.  After ten years of remarkable growth, Don realized the Buffalo Rodeo was too large for one man to handle and transferred ownership to the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce.  In 2003, a new nonprofit “The Buffalo Rodeo Association” was formed and the Rodeo is operated independently by this group.

About Barnes PRCA Rodeo:  Established in 1950, Barnes PRCA Rodeo from Peterson, Iowa continues to be a premier livestock contracting company and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.  Marty Barnes, the eldest son of the late Bob and Donita Barnes, manages all aspects of the livestock,  rodeo production and breeding program.

The Rafter B Bar brand is synonymous with Barnes PRCA Rodeo and quality rodeo productions.  The athletic talent of the bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses are award winning.  Notably CAT Power was selected nine consecutive times from 2005-2013 to the WNFR.  In 1977 Crystal Springs was named the PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year.  The foundation sire Boy Ballou continues to influence the breeding program today.  He made five trips to the National Finals Rodeo.

Today the second and third generations of Barnes family handle the day-to-day operations on the ranch and provide for the health and welfare of 165 bucking horses and 70 bulls.  The longevity of Barnes PRCA Rodeo is captured in the marketplace across the Midwest where community celebrations dating back 40, 50 and 60 years are continuous partners.

Sixty-eight years ago,  Barnes PRCA Rodeo was founded with the guiding principles of integrity and hard work.  Bob Barnes was known as “the Colonel”,” and today is still one of the most respected stockman in professional rodeo.  He was selected as the 1984 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year and inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994.  Donita Barnes was posthumously awarded the inaugural PRCA Lifetime Achievement Award for contract personnel at the PRCA award banquet in 2011.  The PRCA Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in her honor in 2012.