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Ellensburg Rodeo Kicks Off This Weekend

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- It's an event steeped in tradition here in the valley, the Ellensburg Rodeo has been going on for years and every summer people keep coming back for more.

"Well I think it's a sense of tradition, it's been here for a long time and the rodeo dates way back so it's a great economic impact for the community," said Ellensburg resident, Dennis Francois.

For the past 90 years the Ellensburg Rodeo has drawn people to the small town for their love of cowboys, bull riding and western life here in Washington.

"It's just high energy, a lot of excitement, it's really a lot of fun inside that arena," said rodeo media director, Brian Twardoski.

It's not just all fun and games, this event brings in masses of people, this year rodeo organizers expect about 40,000 people to walk through the western village and watch the rodeo.

"We get a steady following.  We get a lot of repeat customers the come over and they just enjoy being around large animals and appreciating everything our cowboys can do in the arena," Twardoski said.

And every day offers something different for those who come. From extreme bull riding to local talent showing off what they got, the rodeo is never a boring place to be.

"All those events offer something a little different.  There are cowboys that come into town for each of those events and they are top caliber athletes," Twardoski said.

But no matter what it has to offer, the rodeo always comes back to its roots.

"I think the town really came out and supported it, and of course that's a long-standing tradition here in Ellensburg," Francois said.

The rodeo runs through Labor Day weekend. It started Saturday at 1:00, and the final events of the rodeo will be on Monday.