2011 Ellensburg Rodeo

The 2011 Ellensburg Rodeo takes place Friday September 2nd through September 5th at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. The rodeo is considered one of Americaís Top 10 professional rodeo events and is the final stop on the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tournament. The rodeo is also host to the World Finale of Professional Rodeo Cowboy Associationís Extreme Bulls Tour.

The 2011 rodeo will have over 600 contestants that includes riders, ropers, and wrestlers competing for prize money that exceeds $400,000. The rodeo coincides with the Kittitas County Fair, which begins on Thursday, September 1st at 10 a.m., also at the fairgrounds. Ellensburg is the seat of Kittitas County. The fair opens at 10 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m. daily except on the final day of Monday September 5th, when it closes at 6:00 p.m.

Opening Festivities and Main Events

To start off the rodeo festivities, the city hosts the "Ellensburg Rodeo Hoedown in the Downtown" at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st. The free event has music, and much more. The actual rodeo kicks off on Friday night at 6:45 p.m. and ends that evening under the stars at 10:00 p.m. The following morning in downtown Ellensburg at 9:30 a.m. is the Western Parade.

Some of the featured events of the rodeo are the "Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale", which is scheduled for Saturday at 8:00 p.m., the "Local Talent Rodeo and Sunday Night Show", on Sunday at 6:15 p.m., and the Ellensburg Rodeo Finals on Monday at 11:45 a.m.

Tickets and Planning

Purchasing tickets to the rodeo provides entrance to the Kittitas County Fair as well on the same day. It is best to get their daily at or before it opens at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy the day's festivities and have time to take in all that you can. The fair includes rides and a carnival.

To get the full schedule of events and purchase tickets in advance, go to the Ellensburg Rodeo's official website. Also, be sure to check our Ellenburg weather page to check the forecast and our Ellensburg Map to help with the location and directions. Temperatures in early September are typically a high of 80 with lows in the upper 40s.