The Rodeo Capital Of Minnesota Is One Of The Most Charming Small Towns You'll Ever Visit
By Trent Jonas|Published July 06, 2023
Trent Jonas came to Minnesota to attend college - and never left. He's a Twin Cities-based writer with a BA in English and a MFA in creative writing, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and the proud father of two adult children. With more than a decade of freelance writing experience under his belt, Trent is often out exploring his favorite topics: Minnesota's woods, lakes, and trails. Rhubarb pie is his weakness, so discovering new diners is also a passion.
Hamel, Minnesota is… complicated. It has all you could hope for in a charming small town: local businesses, an interesting history, a dominating youth baseball program, and a beautiful park. It even happens to be the rodeo capital of Minnesota, playing host to the state’s largest annual rodeo for decades. And yet…
So, go ahead. Call it Medina or Corcoran or whatever. But it will always be Hamel to us – and it will keep being the rodeo capital of Minnesota. And be sure to remember your Stetson when you head out to the rodeo!
Have you spent any time in Hamel – attended the rodeo? breakfast at Peg’s? – or had your big league dreams crushed at Legion Park? Let us know in the comments!
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