It’s Rodeo Time at Lake Chelan, and the last weekend in July and first weekend in August you will see just as many pickups and horse trailers in the valley as convertibles and camp trailers. The Chelan FFA Alumni and the Chelan Rustlers invite you to take in all the rodeo action that the Chelan Valley has to offer.
“Rodeo Week” kicks-off with the Chelan Junior Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 – 30 with performances beginning at 10 a.m. each day. The Junior Rodeo is FREE admission and features cowgirls and cowboys from ages 2 to 18 competing in 51 different events. The Lake Chelan Rodeo and Jr. Rodeo can be found at Rusler’s Arena – 71 Union Valley Rd, Chelan, WA 98816.
Thursday, August 3 – Rodeo Parade
The Professional Western Rodeo Association (PWRA) activities kick-off with the annual Lake Chelan Rodeo Parade down Woodin Avenue in Chelan on Thursday, August 3. The parade starts at 7 p.m., and you’re invited to line the parade route to see the horses, the kids, cowboys and cowgirls, cool cars, and dignitaries from the surrounding communities.
If you wish to be more than just a bystander, fill out an application and put your business, club, or family in the parade. Drive your truck, ride your bike, or ride with your friends in the parade. The Rodeo Parade is always a big hit.
Friday, August 4 – Family Night
Things ramp up with ProWest Rodeo Action on Friday and Saturday, August 4 – 5, 2017. The gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday. You can purchase cowboy hats, commemorative t-shirts, and LuLaRoe apparel. Enjoy a burger from the FFA Alumni Cook Shack or an adult beverage in the beer garden.
The Lake Chelan Rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m with the Grand Entry with visiting royalty, the Shadow Bay Belgians from Watson’s Havarene Resort, and the National Anthem. Then it’s time to kick the tires, light the fires, and crack the chute on the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA) Ranch Bronc Riding. You’ll also see PWRA Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
Rodeo Clown and Barrelman Kyle Bode will provide the entertainment, and don’t forget to get your kids (12 and under) into the “World Famous Chicken Race” presented by the Slidewaters. Family Night is presented by KOZI Radio Lake Chelan.
Saturday Morning, August 5
Saturday morning kicks of the with a 63-year tradition of the “Cowboy Breakfast” before the timed event slack performance from 7 – 10 a.m. The cooks from the Chelan FFA Alumni will be turning out pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy or breakfast sandwiches. The slack performance is FREE and is so that the contestants who can’t fit the performance into their travel schedule can still make it to the Lake Chelan Rodeo. The performance begins at 9 a.m.
Saturday Evening, August 5 – A Blue and Gold Saturday Night
Blue and Gold Night is a tribute to the FFA and is presented by Jim’s Pumping. Jim’s Pumping is owned and operated by Jim and Jeannie Bishop. The company provides complete sanitation services from septic pumping to portable toliets. “They are long time supporters of the Chelan FFA and lifetime members of the Chelan FFA Alumni,” Rodeo organizer Rod Cool said. “Their kids and grandkids were FFA members here in Chelan.”
The Grand Entry on Saturday will once again feature the Shadow Bay Belgians from Watson’s Havarene Resort, local and state FFA Officers, a tribute to the FFA and FFA Advisors from around the state, visiting royalty, local dignitaries.
Special Guests all weekend
Rodeo Announcer Tucker Cool returns to his hometown to bring you all the rodeo action both nights. Professional bullfighter and rodeo clown Kyle Bode will keep you in stitches. The stock contractors are Layton & McMillan Rodeos. The 2017 Lake Chelan Rodeo is produced by the Chelan FFA Alumni, and all proceeds go to support the activities and members of the Chelan FFA Chapter.
Beer Garden and Music
Following the rodeo action on both Friday and Saturday, the beer garden will stay open until 11:45 p.m. on with music, so that guests can party till the cows come home.
Tickets available at Chelan Shell Foodmart
Tickets are available at the Chelan Shell Foodmart located at 301 E. Woodin Ave in Chelan. Pre-sale only. Family Passes for 2 Adults and 3 students for $35.00. Adults are $11.00. Students and Seniors are $7.00. Children 6 and under are FREE. Free Parking for spectators. All seats are general admission.
So shine up your boots, put on your jeans and bring your hollerin’ voice to the 2017 Lake Chelan Rodeo August 4th and 5th at the Rustlers Arena on Union Valley Road.
(Submitted by Rod Cool, edited by Christine Eagar)