Most students know the Ellensburg Rodeo exists but a lot of us don’t know much more than that. The Ellensbrug rodeo is more than just a “rodeo.” Aside from being named one of the top 10 rodeos in America, rodeo weekend includes a fair, parade, hoe down and more. The history of the rodeo dates back to the year 1923 and is now the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour and hosts the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour. Today the rodeo features over 600 contestants and prize money exceeding $400,000. More about the “down and dirty” of the Ellensburg Rodeo is featured on an episode of Central Scoop currently on-air.
The Kittitas County Fair opened today and features the usual rides, animals and fattening foods. The fair closes at 10 p.m. everyday with the exception of Sunday, when it closes at 6 p.m.
Music will play a large role in the rode weekend festivities. The music will start tonight at 8 p.m. with the Hoedown in the Downtown at the Rotary Pavilion. This event will feature opening act Better Day and feature act The Dusty 45s. Hosted by the Ellensburg Downtown Association, this is an all ages event with pizza provided by Pizza Rita and a beer and wine garden available for those of age. The concert is free and all are welcome.
The Dusty 45s is a group that is well known in the Ellensburg area, but also has a statewide presence. The group has performed at venues such as the Showbox, Triple Door and current tour dates include shows in Massachusetts, and the band has opened for grammy award winning artist Adele. Their music image can be described as a mix of honky tonk, jump blues and rock and roll. Blending electric guitars, upright bass, drums, and trumpet makes for a sound not often found in today’s popular music scene.
The Dusty 45s won’t be the only music featured this rodeo weekend. Visit ellensburgrodeo.com for a full rodeo schedule of all the exciting events going on this weekend.