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Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair Boosts Local Economy on Labor Day

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 ELLENSBURG, WA. -- A 100-year old Labor Day tradition continued Monday as hundreds of people from all over Central Washington converged on Ellensburg for the annual Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair.

Not only is this fair and rodeo a fun tradition for the entire family on Labor Day, but it's a huge economic driver as well. 

We all know the Ellensburg Rodeo draws in the best cowboys from around the country. But did you know it brings in more than 80,000 people to the small community in Ellensburg as well? 

Organizers tell me that all weekend long the hotels are booked solid but the spirit of the fair is still family oriented. 

"It's when the families come together to reunite," Greg Zempel, Kittitas County Fair Director said. "And then have that last big push and watching the kids succeed before they head back to school."

The fair also includes more than 1,000 exhibitors and local booths. That means money for local businesses. It could be the best place to buy a cowboy in our area. 

If you missed the fair and rodeo, it ends tonight at 6 o'clock so you'll have to wait until next year. But don't worry, with more than a 100 year tradition in the making, I don't think they'll stop now. 

*NOTE: The Kittitas County fair has been around since 1885. The Ellensburg Rodeo was started in 1923 and is in it's 91st year of existence.