Sep. 22, 2016

112. Caldwell Night Rodeo

Most Idaho residents have attended the Caldwell Night Rodeo a time or two. I’ve been to more than I can count on fingers and toes. The rodeo action goes on for FIVE nights and the action is heart stopping to say the least. You’ve got cowboys riding bulls and horses that don’t want to be ridden, others showing off their calf roping skills and some talented cowgirls taking barrels with an ease you can’t help but feel impressed by.

The CNR has been going on for over 80 years and was the first rodeo in the Pacific Northwest to ever be held under lights. People come from all over the world to be a part of this exciting event. It is one of the largest and longest running events in Idaho and you do not want to miss it!

To let you in on some of its history, the first CNR was in 1935 and was originally called the Homesteaders’ Silver Jubilee and Night Rodeo. In 1966, after many ups and downs, the name was officially locked in as the Caldwell Night Rodeo. At that time the rodeo directors vowed that the only stars they would ever have at the rodeo from then on would be their cowboys. They wanted a cowboys’ rodeo and that is what they still have today. They even have free style bull fighting every night!

There is a junior rodeo for the kids who want to compete. That’s my favorite part and these kids will shock you with their nerve and talent. There are several theme nights including a “Power of Pink” night for Breast Cancer Awareness and a “Patriot” night to recognize our armed service members, both current and veterans as well as our servicemen at home keeping our streets safe and saving lives. Each night has 7 events and the action never stops!

Rodeo is a sport that arose out of the working practices of cattle herding. Today it is a skilled event that includes timed and rough stock events. It is not for the faint of heart and these cowboys…and girls…truly have heart! This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Dates and Times: It is a five night event held in August of every year. Gates open at 5 pm. The JR Rodeo starts at 6:30 pm and the Main Rodeo at 8 pm.

Cost: Tuesday and Wednesday are Family Nights. Kids under 12 get in Free with a paid adult admission.
Adults / Tuesday – Thursday / $15.00 / Friday – Saturday $22.00
Seniors / Tuesday – Thursday / $12.00 / Friday – Saturday $22.00
Children (Under 12) Tuesday – Thursday / $8.00 (See Family Night) / Friday – Saturday $12.00

There are Free and Paid parking options, but your best bet is to get there early so you have more than one option.

Location: 2301 Blaine Street / Caldwell / Idaho / 208-459-2060
From Boise its about 40 miles. Follow I-84 to Exit 29 (37 miles). Take Exit 29, turn left and continue on Franklin Rd about 2 miles. Continue straight onto N. 21St Avenue. Turn left onto Stock Trail and then continue onto S. Georgia Ave. Turn right onto Blaine Street. It’s on the right in the Caldwell Night Rodeo Arena.

Lodging: Since it is a 5 night rodeo many out of town people need lodging options. There are many, many lodging options available around Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian and Boise. All of these options are fairly close to the arena. It would take me pages to list them all here so I would suggest you utilize your favorite travel site for more information.

Dining: There is no outside food or drink allowed inside the arena. They have a beer garden and there are many yummy vendors set up inside so you can grab dinner.

Just down the street at Dakan Park from 5:30 to 7:30, the Caldwell Kiwanis Club has their annual Chuckwagon dinner. It’s one heck of a good BBQ dinner and all the proceeds go to a good cause.

Dancing: After Friday and Saturday nights’ rodeo events there is great country music and dancing on the CNR stage at Coors Rowdy’s Saloon.

Special Notes: No pets (except service animals) are allowed on the rodeo grounds.

This is the rodeo that reminds us of what rodeo is all about. From the dirt flying through the air to the grunts of cowboys either hitting the ground or being victorious…it’s rodeo. Bring the family, celebrate our roots and enjoy good old country fun.