Our region is host to some of the best rodeos in the Pacific Northwest and the Lewis-Clark Valley’s two rodeos bookend the season. The 78th annual Hells Canyon Rodeo is the first rodeo of the year and coincides with the Asotin County Fair on April 25-28 in Asotin, Washington. During this fun and busy weekend families, visitors and cowboys can be found enjoying one of the many activities going on at the fair and rodeo. Whether it’s at the carnival in downtown Asotin, up at the fairgrounds exploring the many 4-H and FFA exhibits, waving as your favorite float passes by in the small-town parade or at any of the entertaining rodeo events – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Thursday | April 25, 2019
The carnival gets things started with Buddy Day from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday evening. Gather up the family and head to downtown Asotin for rides, games and the fair food we all hate to love. The carnival will also be open Friday from 1-10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday evening get two wristbands for the price on one with a pre-sale card. Pre-sale cards can be purchased at the Asotin County Fair office now through April 24th or online at www.asotincountyfairandrodeo.org.
Friday | April 26, 2019
The fair exhibit halls and barns open to the public at 9 a.m. Friday. Check out the 4-H clothing, baking and food preparation activities and demos in Boyd Hall throughout the day. Fair exhibits will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Catch the mesmerizing Jerry Harris – Master Hypnotist – during one of his fair showtimes. Look out for Harris at 12:30 and 5 p.m. on Friday; 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
After dinner, settle in at the rodeo grounds for Hells Canyon Rodeo action featuring local cowboys, cowgirls and Country singer, Marcos Dominguez. Rodeo events continue on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday | April 27, 2019
Wake up early Saturday and get down to the annual Cowboy Breakfast being served from 6 -9:30 a.m. at the Bennett Pavilion. If your tummy is hankering for some super vittles this breakfast can’t be beat! For only $5 fill up on sausage, pancakes and coffee or juice.
After breakfast head to 2nd Street in downtown Asotin for the annual parade and celebrate our community with floats and trucks led by 2019 Asotin County Fair & Hells Canyon Rodeo Queen Samantha Elben. There are sure to be some great floats in this small-town parade!
When you’re ready for lunch, head to the Cattlemen and Cattlewomen BBQ. They'll be serving tri-tip sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the corner of 2nd and Filmore Streets, adjacent to the Asotin Lions Beer Garden – for those in need of an adult beverage to go with their sandwich.
Our second day of Hells Canyon Rodeo starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. Head on over to the rodeo ground and catch the local cowboys and cowgirls in action.
Sunday | April 28, 2019
Give thanks for the wonderful weekend at worship during Sunday’s Cowboy Church, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Bennett Pavilion with Jim Bullard & The Cowboy Balladeer.
Grab your best pink shirt for Tough Enough To Wear Pink day at the Hells Canyon Rodeo. The wildly entertaining Kid’s Rodeo begins at 1 p.m. and you don’t want to miss the Wild Cow Milking – it’s a hoot!