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Ellensburg Rodeo

This guide highlights resources, available at Brooks Library, that explore the history of the rodeo in Ellensburg, Washington.

Ellensburg Rodeo Colections in ScholarWorks

Footage of the Ellensburg Rodeo can be found online in Brooks Library ScholarWorks site.

Digitized Ellensburg Rodeo Collections

This collection includes footage of the Ellensburg Rodeo. The rodeo first took place in 1923. Locals competed in 18 events with winners earning $900 in prizes. Since then, the rodeo has grown to be one of the top professional rodeos in North America, hosting 600 contestants and offering $400,000 in prize money. The rodeo takes place every year in September. Rodeo events include bare-back riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and steer wrestling.


Internet resources

Ellensburg Heritage. Olympia, WA: Washington State Library, 2008. Ellensburg Public Library's Rodeo Photograph Collection contains 170 photographs dating from the early 1920s to the mid 1960s, showcasing all aspects of rodeo life.

Ellensburg Rodeo Official Website. This website summarizes the yearly schedule of activities at the Ellensburg Rodeo.

Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association (ERHOF) was founded in 1997 to preserve the history and traditions of the Ellensburg Rodeo. The ERHOF along with Top Hands, the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse, the Past Rodeo Royalty, the Gold Buckle Club, Rotary, and others assist the Ellensburg Rodeo Board in conducting the annual rodeo.

"Ellensburg Rodeo Through the Years." Ellensburg Daily Record. September 4, 2004.

"Old Timer Sez." Ellensburg Daily Record. August 17, 1946.