Coming September 1, 2017. Dust off your cowgirl hat, put on your chaps, and get ready for the Ellensburg Rodeo! Known as the most centrally located city in the state of Washington, Ellensburg has hosted the Rodeo since 1923. It is the largest in the state with over 600 contestants and prize money in excess of $400,000. As part of the professional rodeo circuit, this four day event is filled with popular events like: bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, women’s barrel racing, and bull riding. Live music, a parade, the Rodeo Royal Court, a county fair, and of course, rodeo clowns complete the Labor Day Weekend festivities.