Ellensburg Rodeo &
Kittitas County Fair

Bull Riding Cowboy

Started in 1923, the Ellensburg Rodeo has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Event featuring over 500 contestants with prize money in excess of $300,000. The event takes place each Labor Day Weekend at the Ellensburg Rodeo Fairgrounds and is the state's largest rodeo. The nation's best riders, ropers, and wrestlers compete in one of the country's best rodeo arenas. The weekend fun is heightened by the Kittitas County Fair, which coincides with the rodeo and occurs at the same location.

In addition to bull riding, bronco riding, and steer roping, the rodeo also features a parade, clowns, and the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant. Also visit the "Trading Post Saloon" for beverages and live music. For the latest information and to purchase tickets for the rodeo, check the Ellensburg Rodeo's website.

The first organized Kittitas County Fair occurred in 1885. Local farmers and ranchers showcased the fruits of their labors. The fair has grown into a five–day event held each Labor Day weekend. In 1923, the Kittitas County Fairgrounds were built on their current location, combining the Rodeo and County Fair into one big celebration. The Fair is also used as a gathering for the Yakima Indians. Get more information from the Kittitas County Fair's website.