KIMATV.COM – GUSTAVO OLGUIN – ELLENSBURG, Wash.- If you blink, you might miss it.
Cowboys racing out of the gates trying to bring down their target in a matter of seconds.
Rodeo board president Jerry Jensen said the Ellensburg rodeo is usually the first or the last stop for riders making their rounds.
“There’s rodeos in other areas and they use Ellensburg as kind of like a jumping off point,” he said.
This is the 95th year the rodeo has been in Ellensburg and it’s come a long way since it was a handful of ranchers that decided to get together.
As it’s gotten more popular, cowboys from all over the country and the world have come to compete.
“I was in Armstrong B.C. last night for performance up there and now I’m here today and then here tomorrow morning,” Scott Guenther said.
Guenther is top three in the world when it comes to his event. Which has him chase down a steer, pick it up and throw it on its side.
He said the Ellensburg rodeo is a huge deal for cowboys to come and make some extra money. So, it’s one of the events he makes sure to be at every year.
“It’s a real big one. Especially for the states. It’s one of the top 10 in the world. Down here for sure. It’s a big rodeo for us,” Guenther said.
If the rodeo isn’t for you, the weekend long event has carnival games, rides and all the food you can eat.
Jensen said they prepare for the rodeo all year long. Just to make sure everything is ready for the thousands that are going to be here in the next few days.
“We’ll sell over 36 thousand tickets for all of our events, starting with our Friday night rodeo,” he said.