2018 Minnesota Bus Roadeo

Duluth, MN


Dear Bus Roadeo Competitors, Judges and Friends:

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is excited to host the 31st Annual Minnesota State Bus Roadeo on Friday and Saturday, July 13th and 14th in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota. The DTA welcomes you to attend this major event along the North Shore of Lake Superior; the greatest of the Great Lakes the Ojibwa referred to as gichi-gami meaning, “Big Sea.”

This event features a 12-stage obstacle course located at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC). The DTA will provide 40” Gillig buses for the large-bus competition and Arrowhead Transit will provide vehicles for the small-bus competition. The DTA’s NEW Proterra Electric buses will be on-hand and used as shuttle buses between the course and hotel.

Lodging will be located at the Radisson Hotel Duluth - Harborview which features 268 rooms that were recently renovated in 2017. The hotel also features JJ Astor, the famed revolving restaurant on the 16th floor and the Bowery Bro’s Pub on the Superior Street level. Please note that all event activities outside of the competition will take place at the Radisson Hotel Duluth – Harborview this year on the Superior Street level of the building.

The registration table will be located on the Superior Street level of the hotel Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Welcome Reception will be in the same area at 6:00 p.m. before the Judge’s Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. After the Welcome Reception and Judge’s Meeting, “Discover Duluth” on the DTA’s Port Town Trolley. This FREE tour bus travels through scenic Canal Park, Bayfront Park, the Historic Arts and Theater (HART) District and downtown Duluth. Please note that attendees can ride the entire DTA system for FREE that weekend.

Saturday’s Award Ceremony will feature a reception with music by Kyle Ollah at 6:00 p.m. before your steak or walleye dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. when the official program begins. Then, visit Bowery Bro’s Pub afterwards for drink specials or venture out to one of Duluth’s famous craft breweries for a pint.

Friendly competition and safety training may define the bus roadeo tradition in Minnesota, but it’s also about networking and making connections with other like-minded transit professionals from across the state. This year, you get to do this while enjoying the magnificent splendor of Duluth and Lake Superior in the summer.

Best regards,

Heath T. Hickok

2018 MN State Bus Roadeo Vice-Chair

DTA Director of Marketing




P.S. Learn some fun facts about Duluth and Lake Superior by clicking on the Visit Duluth link below…

Visit Duluth

Duluth Transit Authority

Radisson Hotel Duluth - Harborview

Duluth Heritage

Bowery Bros.

If you'd like to become a sponsor, please click on the Roadeo Sponsor Registration link on the right hand side of the page. You can also review the Sponsorship Form for details on sponsor benefits at each level.

If you have any questions, please contact our Project Coordinator at Samantha@TransportationAlliance.com.


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

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Silver Level

Arrowhead Transit

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Duluth Transit Authority

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Hoglund Bus Company

Hoglund Bus Company

Bronze Level

Telin Transportation Group, LLC

Telin Transportation Group

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31st Annual MN State Bus Roadeo
Event Accommodations

Radisson Duluth - Harborview 

Call the hotel direct at (218)727-8981 or toll free 1(800)333-3333 to make reservations under the MN State Bus Roadeo room block. The special rate is available Tuesday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 17.  

To book online, visit www.radisson.com/duluthmn and book rooms with promo code COWBOY to get the special rate of $159 per night.