Minneapolis Aquatennial Rodeo

A string of bucking horses and wild steers and the pick of the nation’s cowboys competed for prizes totaling $7,500 at the Minneapolis Aquatennial Rodeo held during the 2nd annual Aquatennial in July, 1941.

Shows during the Aquatennial were held twice daily in an open air arena constructed on Wayzata Boulevard near the Parade Grounds. More than 50,000 people attended the 1940 Aquatennial Rodeo.

Competition included saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, and Brahma bull riding. There were also novelty riding exhibitions.

The 75th Minneapolis Aquatennial runs from July 18-26, 2014. Closing night fireworks will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, on the West River Parkway.


Flyer and program from the Minneapolis Aquatennial Collection at the Hennepin County Library Special Collections. Photos (circa 1941) from the recently digitized Marvin Juell negative collection (over 700 images). Juell worked for the Minneapolis Public Library.