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Release Date Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fraternity Adds Rodeo to 39th Cowboy Party Fundraiser

The 39th annual Cowboy Party will feature the music of Brandon Jones. 

RAPID CITY, SD (April 17, 2018) – For 38 years, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology fraternity Delta Sigma Phi has sponsored its annual Cowboy Party to benefit local nonprofits. This year, the fraternity has expanded the event to include a rodeo.

The 39th Cowboy Party is set for Saturday, April 21, at the James Kjerstad Event Center on the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. While past Cowboy Parties have largely revolved around musical entertainment and social time, this year’s event will also include a rodeo, barrel racing, a bucking horse competition and bareback and saddle bronc riding.

Delta Sigma Phi has partnered with the World Futurity Association to make their annual fundraising party even bigger, according to Delta Sigma Phi president Sahil Prabhudesai.

“This is something we’ve been doing for 39 years,” says Prabhudesai. “But this year it’s expanded with the rodeo and rodeo events. We’re excited to throw an even bigger party, with proceeds benefitting Feeding South Dakota, the Rapid City Club for Boys and the World Futurity Association.” The fraternity will not benefit from the event.

Past Cowboy Parties have seen attendance of 500 to 600 people. With the added rodeo and rodeo events, Delta Sigma Phi hopes for an even bigger crowd, which will mean more money to their chosen nonprofits.

Events get underway at 7 a.m. April 21, with admittance free to the public until 2:30 p.m. After 2:30 p.m., adult tickets are $15 or $12 with two cans of food for Feeding South Dakota, children’s tickets are $7 or $5 with two cans of food, military veteran tickets are $10 and children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

The schedule of events is: 

  • 7 a.m. Doors open
  • 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Exhibition Ladies Barrel Racing
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Competition Ladies Barrel Racing
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WFA 2 and 3-year-old Bucking Horse Competition
  • 6:30 p.m. Calcutta for the WFA Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rodeo
  • 9 p.m. to close Live music by Brandon Jones

“Our main goal is community service and philanthropy,” Prabhudesai says. “We also do a lot of individual community outreach. Basically, if people call, we help.”

SD Mines has seven nationally-affiliated Greek organizations – five fraternities and two sororities.  


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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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