The Ellensburg Rodeo opens every Labor Day weekend along with the Kittitas County Fair in Ellensburg, WA. Started in 1923, the Ellensburg Rodeo has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to the Professional event of today with over 500 contestants and prize money in excess of $250,000.[1] Within the Pacific Northwest the Ellensburg Rodeo is second in size only to the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, and is considered to be one of America’s top 25 rodeos.[2]

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  1. ^ "Ellensburg Rodeo". Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2007-09-14. Ellensburg holds its first rodeo on September 13, 1923

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