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Turtle Soup: Born to Buck

January 31, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.

This week, Jim Thompson presents, "Born to Buck." 

It might be more than the DNA of cowboys and horses when one state gets this many champions. Hall-of-Famer and pro-rodeo announcer Jim Thompson talks livestock management and South Dakota rodeo legends.

Guest speaker Steve Sutton of Sutton Rodeos will discuss bucking and horse breeding! You'll also hear from rodeo judge Tim Miller!

Thompson owns and operates Creative Broadcast Services, Inc., headquartered from his home in Sturgis, South Dakota.

He has retired from daily talk radio, which he conducted for most of his broadcast career, spanning over 50 years. He is now heard in six states with his 5-minute daily program, “The Good Stuff.” His rodeo program, “On the Road Again” has been heard across the region since 1974.

Thompson has been in broadcasting since attending Brown Institute in Minneapolis in 1965. During the past half century, he’s been the president of the South Dakota Broadcasters Association, been inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, The Black Hills Stock Show Hall of Fame, the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame, and he’s been selected as the Sportscaster of the Year in his state three times.

As a pro rodeo announcer since 1976, he’s been selected to announce at most every finals-type rodeo in the country, including the National Finals in Las Vegas. He limits himself these days to announcing single-steer roping.

In addition, Thompson was elected to two terms in the South Dakota State Senate in the mid-90s.

Thompson is semi-retired so that he and his wife Sherry can travel.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
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Children 5 & under FREE with family

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.