Summer Stampede Rodeo & Food Truck Rally this Saturday

Darke County Summer Stampede Rodeo. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

DARKE COUNTY – Darke County will showcase the Darke County Summer Stampede Rodeo & Food Truck Rally on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 11 am to 9 pm at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds, in Greenville rain or shine.

The food truck rally and craft show will be a celebration of local, small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in the United States, Ohio and Darke County. Come out and help support them during this food truck and craft show celebration. These local small businesses need your support now more than ever!

The food trucks in attendance will be (list is subject to change):

Buckeye Burgers, Chuck’s Foods, Crème de la Crème Cakery, Fiske French Fries, Homestead Spud, Kettle Colonel, Kona Ice, Little Boijon Asian Cuisine, Martin’s Lemonade, Mikesell’s Concessions, Nacho Pig, Timeless Tacos, The Gypsy Kitchen, Werling Street Eats and Wholly Smokes BBQ.

We also have a large selection of over 50 local craft vendors and specialty clothing boutique trucks and shops. The craft vendors will be open from 11 am to 7 pm and located outside under tents.

There is a full day of live music in the gazebo with great local bands from Darke County. The live entertainment includes the following:

Noah Back performing from 11 am to 1 pm

The Green de Villes performing from 2-4 pm

Spittin’ Image performing from 4:30-6:30 pm

Family-friendly entertainment for the kids with a petting zoo with Jungle Island Zoo from 12-7 pm. Jungle Island Zoo is an extremely entertaining and excitingly educational exotic animal encounter. The petting zoo features a wide variety of rare and unusual animals from around the world. Visitors can observe, pet, and feed the critters and everyone gets a front-row seat. Young and old alike are delighted with real hands-on exposure to animals most have only seen on television or in distant zoo enclosures. We will also have pony rides with Patterson’s Ponies from 11 am to 7 pm. Few things delight children more than a ride on a real, live pony!

Stop by the registration table located across from the gazebo area to enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes donated from local restaurants and businesses. You will receive an entry ticket for the drawing when you park your car at the fairgrounds. Solid Rock Apostolic Church will be taking care of the parking for the event. We appreciate all our local business sponsors for helping promote this great event for our community. Winners will be announced at the top of each hour for the chance to collect a special prize and that can be picked up at the registration table located across from the gazebo.

Returning this year will be the award-winning 3-J Ranch & Rodeo from Union City, IN. Gates to the grandstands will open at 5 pm and the rodeo will start at 7 pm. The rodeo will be double sanctioned by the IPRA (International Professional Rodeo Association) & the MSRA (Mid-States Rodeo Association). Professional rodeo contestants from all over the USA, Canada and Australia will fight it out in eight bone-jarring, fast-paced events including bareback, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, cowgirls barrel racing, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and bull riding. Plus, some of the most dangerous and funny rodeo clowns will keep you in stitches all night long.

MidStates First Sanctioned, MSRA/IPRA, Slack after performance
Call-in & Online Entries & Local entries will be accepted on Monday, June 10, 2024 from 9 am to 5 pm CST

Call CES 337-427-6336

Draw will be posted at:

Trade outs: 6/11 9 am to 4 pm, Check day sheets before calling.

Permits, day permits & youth cards are accepted. Day permits are taken only if needed in Rough Stock events.

Added Money: $501, Team Roping $1002 added
Entry Fees: $70 + SCF $15/CBR $10 + CES $5 + FF $10: $100.00 all events except CBR: $95

Additional fee for Day Permits (Local Entrants)
Local Entrants Cash Only for entry fees

Local entrants under 18 must have a notarized minor release in order to compete. No exceptions. The release is found on MSRA website on the bottom of the membership application.

Tickets can be purchased for the rodeo online at or you can go to the following link directly to purchase tickets:

You can also visit the Darke County Fairgrounds office or call them at 937-548-5044. *****ADA SEATS AVAILABLE ONLY by calling 1-800-736-3671 or 937-548-5044*****

Enjoy a summer night with the award-winning 3-J Rodeo. Tickets and seats will sell fast.

Rodeo tickets are $17 for grandstand or infield track seats,

$20 for red grandstand seats, $22 for box seats. Children under the age 3 are free admission when seated on a parent or adult lap.

Enter code: Jesusis1 for a $2 discount per ticket.

“We are very excited about celebrating local, small businesses for this much-anticipated event of the season,” according to Jason Blackburn, the promoter of the event. “Amazing food, one-of-a-kind local crafts and great vendors, live music, family-friendly entertainment and the Darke County Summer Stampede Rodeo with 3-J Rodeo– it’s going to be a great day for the whole family, and we hope you can come join us!”

For more details about the event and to participate in contests, you can go to the following: and then click on the Events tab for the “Darke County Summer Stampede Rodeo”.

You can also contact Jason Blackburn for more information by email at: