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Ellensburg Rodeo | Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day Weekend, August 30 - September 4th, 2017


Ellensburg Rodeo Arena at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds
(800) 637-2444

Founded in 1923, the Ellensburg Rodeo, aired on ESPN, brings in more than 25,000 fans over a four-day period. Rodeo professionals from across the country make sure they don't miss our rodeo, with its purse in excess of $250,000.

Insider info: A recent addition to the rodeo, Xtreme Bulls, has become a sell-out event loved by even the most unfamiliar of rodeo fans. Filled with tough bull riders, surly bulls and pyrotechnics, Xtreme Bulls attracts some top-of-the line competitors. It's an event you should not miss, and most locals say you haven't really seen Ellensburg until you've been to the rodeo.

A few tidbits on the rodeo:

  • Make hotel reservations in advance for this weekend. All lodging in the county fills up quickly for the Labor Day weekend.
  • Tickets to several of the shows also sell out, so make sure to purchase them early.
  • Parking in the area can be tricky, so make sure to check signage. Many residential areas around the arena are permit only.
  • Be sure to check out the newly-added Western Village, where you'll find lots of treats, beer, memorabilia and more.

Wednesday, August 30th

8:00 p.m. | Ellensburg Rodeo Hoedown in the Downtown. Featuring the Dusty 45's -- corner of 4th and Pearl St. at the Rotary Pavilion

Thursday, August 31st 

10:00 a.m. | Kittitas County Fair opens
6:30 p.m. | Hall of Fame Banquet (Doors open at 6pm) Limited number of tickets available through the Ticket Office for $40 -- Dinner and Induction Ceremony at CWU Student Union Ballroom 
8:00 p.m. | Rockin' the Arena. Featuring Ned LeDoux & Zach Hinson
10:00 p.m. | Kittitas County Fair closes  

Friday, September 1st


10:00 a.m.Kittitas County Fair opens 
10:00 a.m. | Carnival and Midway Rides open
6:45 p.m. | Ellensburg Rodeo -- Patriot Night (Bullfighter's performance after the rodeo) 
10:00 p.m. | Kittitas County Fair closes   

Saturday, September 2nd

7:00 a.m. | Pancake Breakfast (University Way & Ruby -- Grocery Outlet parking lot) Cost is approximately $6.00 per person 
9:30 a.m. | Western Parade (downtown) 
10:00 a.m.Kittitas County Fair opens 
12:45 p.m. | Ellensburg Rodeo (approximately 3 hours in length) 
8:00 p.m. | PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale (approximately 2 hours in length) 
10:00 p.m. | Kittitas County Fair closes   

Sunday, September 3rd

8:00 a.m. | Pancake Breakfast (University Way & Ruby -- Grocery Outlet parking lot) Cost is approximately $6.00 per person
9:00 a.m. | Cowboy Church -- Located in Section KK (NE Arena) -- Open to public
10:00 a.m.
Kittitas County Fair opens 
11:45 a.m. | Ellensburg Rodeo -- Tough Enough to Wear Pink (approximately 3 hours in length)
6:30 p.m. | Local Talent Rodeo and Sunday Night Show 
10:00 p.m. | Kittitas County Fair closes 

Monday, September 4th 

10:00 a.m.Kittitas County Fair opens 
11:45 a.m. | Ellensburg Rodeo Finals (approximately 3 hours in length)
6:00 p.m. | Kittitas County Fair closes

Don't Forget -- Visit the Yakama Nation Indian Village and the Western Village! Open Every Day.

Rodeo Tickets provide admission to the Fair on the same day -- Come early and enjoy both the Rodeo and the Fair!

Also see: The Ellensburg Rodeo Posse