The Rodeo State

Idaho is rodeo country from head to toe, and wherever you may be in the state this summer, odds are you’ll find ridin’ and ropin’ not far away. A great spectator sport, rodeo also has long been an attraction for photographers, as our cover photo this month attests. Boise photographer Carolyn Fletcher made that image, which garnered a second straight victory for her in IDAHO magazine’s annual Cover Photo Contest.

The photo was taken last summer at the Riggins Rodeo, which Carolyn says is one of her favorite Idaho rodeo events. “The photo challenge is trying to capture the rider’s position as he is bucked into midair,” she notes. “Action is conveyed by the dust cloud and the horse’s hooves hovering above the ground. The rider’s bright red shirt and chaps help provide contrast against the gates and fencing.  There is only a fraction of a second to attempt to capture the skills of both rider and horse.  It is my continuing challenge.”

Among the state’s many rodeos big and small, following is a list of those in 2016 that are sanctioned by the Idaho Cowboys Association. Other events throughout the state are held annually outside ICA’s purview, including the famed Snake River Stampede and Caldwell Night Rodeo, so these rodeos are just a sampling. This early in the year, precise dates are not yet available for some events. When a rodeo listed below is part of a county fair, the dates given are for the rodeo, not the entire fair. Contact details are accurate so far as we know, although individual contact names could change. As the dates approach, check the websites provided here for details or, for an overview, visit the Idaho Cowboys Association site, – The Editors

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Early June

Cambridge—Bulls & Broncs, part of Hells Canyon Days. Call Cambridge Commercial Club, (208) 257-3533


June 8-10, 2016

Eagle Rodeo—Located in the field west of Idaho Athletic Club, formerly Rocky Mountain Fitness on Plaza Drive.

Signs will be posted


June 17-18, 2016

White Bird Rodeo—On US Highway 95 & Twin Bridges at Rodeo Drive. Call 208-983-7701


June 18-19, 2016

Kamiah—Clearwater Valley Roundup Association Rodeo, at the CVRA Rodeo Grounds. Previously held toward the end of June, the CVRA Rodeo has gained ICA permission to move up to the Father’s Day weekend this year. For details, call Jody Brown, 208-935-5821


Late June

Idaho City—Gold Dust Rodeo.

Call 208-345-4496


July 1-3, 2016

Grangeville—Part of Grangeville Border Days. Contact Brad Arnzen at 208-983-5784 or [email protected]


Early July

Weiser—Weiser Valley Roundup,

Call Zane Davis, (208) 880-5167


Fairfield—Camas County Rodeo

Camas Chamber of Commerce

[email protected]


Late July

Glenns Ferry—Elmore County Fair and Rodeo, Jerry Gorrell 208-599-7373 or John Frank, 208-590-4622


Late July

Council—Adams County Fair and Rodeo, fairgrounds, Call (208) 741-2510 or email [email protected]


Late July/Early August

Emmett Rodeo

Late July/Early August

Cambridge Rodeo—Washington County Fair and Rodeo


Early August

Homedale—Owyhee County Fair and Rodeo, Owyhee County Fairgrounds, Jacky King, 337-3666


Early August

Cascade—Valley County Fair and Rodeo

Contact Julie Yates,

[email protected]


Early August

New Plymouth—Payette County Rodeo, Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena Office (208) 278-5000

or [email protected]


August 15-16, 2016

Donnelly—Huckleberry Festival Rodeo



Weippe—Wild Weippe Rodeo

phone: (208) 435-4142

or email: [email protected]



Bruneau—Bruneau Round-Up

Contact Dave Carter (551) 536-6275

or [email protected]


Early October

Caldwell—Idaho Cowboys Association Finals, CNR Grounds, Debbie Maxwell, phone (208) 899-0498

[email protected],


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