MOSES LAKE — The Grant County Fair gears up for next week, kicking off on Aug. 13 and running through Aug. 17. Moses Lake Roundup looks to build upon the rodeo tradition, dating back to the Columbia Basin Rodeo in 1943.
The rodeo will take place over three nights, Thursday through Saturday, with the Demolition Derby slated for Wednesday evening. With over 65 years of history, the rodeo looks to continue to build upon past years.
Sue Tebow, marketing specialist for the Moses Lake Roundup, said the event continues to attract more and more participants in recent years as the purse grows for the cowboys thanks to money from the Columbia Basin Rodeo Association.
“We have 58 bull riders coming,” Tebow said. “That’s a lot. A few years ago, we only had about five.”
In addition to the bull riders, there are expected to be 50 saddle bronc riders, 25 bareback riders, 80 steer wrestlers, and plenty of professional cowboys and cowgirls at the event next week.
The rodeo will also feature trick riders, and a visit from the professional PRCA act of Whistle-Nut and his bull Ole.
Taking place over three days, the rodeo will feature a wide number of events, including: bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, tie down roping, women’s breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
The Grant County Fair rodeo events are the biggest event in the community for the year, Tebow said.
“The demo derby itself will seat about 6,500 people on that night,” Tebow said. “We’ll probably see about 4,000 to 5,000 people each night for the rodeo.”
By purchasing a ticket to any night of the rodeo, ticket-buyers will also receive entrance into the rest of the fair that day included. The first 200 arrivals to the rodeo each night will also receive a free T-shirt.
As the clock winds down before everything kicks off, Tebow said it has just been matter of putting the final touches recently to get everything ready.
“Last year we were still putting up new bleachers the week before, so this year seems pretty easy,” Tebow said.
Tickets can be purchased at the rodeo office now, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., as well as Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are also available the day of at the blue and green gates of the rodeo grounds from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.