The Methow Valley Rodeo celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with events on two holiday weekends: May 28-29, Memorial Day weekend, and Sept. 3-4, Labor Day weekend.
Competition includes bull and ranch saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and junior events on Memorial Day weekend including the popular mutton-bustin’ and stick horse racing for the kids.
The action starts at 1 p.m. each day (Saturday and Sunday). General admission is $10 for adults; or $5 for kids ages 7-12. It’s free for kids 6 and younger. There will be a food concessionaire on the site.
The rodeo grounds are on Brengman Road, off of Twin Lakes Road. For more information, visit www.methowvalleyrodeo.com.
The Methow Valley Horsemen were able to stage the 2021 Memorial Day Rodeo before the summer’s wildfires affected travel and health conditions. However, the 2021 Labor Day Rodeo was canceled because of a combination of factors including the impact of fires and smoke on summer tourism, school opening earlier than usual, and less interest than usual from potential participants.
Both the Memorial Day and Labor Day Methow Valley Rodeos were canceled in 2020 because of COVID protocols — the first time since the annual event was launched in 1971 that there were no rodeos staged. In 2015, the Labor Day Rodeo was called off because of poor air quality conditions in the valley resulting from wildland fires.