August 28, 7-11 p.m. – Begin your Rodeo weekend with the EDA at the Ellensburg Rodeo Hoedown in the Downtown on Thursday evening. The award winning event will be held on opening night of the Rodeo, featuring a free outdoor concert. We are excited to be welcoming the Dusty 45′s back into downtown Ellensburg along with opening act Evening Bell.

The Hoedown will be at Rotary Pavilion on 4th Avenue and Pearl Street. Entertainment is being brought to guests for free, thanks to the Ellensburg Rodeo and other great sponsors.

The EDA will be partnering with area breweries and wine shops to provide a beer and wine garden for those of legal drinking age. Pizza Colin will also be set up at the event to serve hot pizza and cold drinks.

The Ellensburg Rodeo and EDA partnered up in 2011 to bring a fun outdoor event to kick off rodeo weekend. Downtown Ellensburg saw somewhere between 600 and 800 people dancing in the streets, a turnout nearly three times as what was expected. This hugely successful event drew an all-ages crowd of local residents, rodeo fans, participants, and even some the Hall of Famers. Ellensburg Rodeo Hoedown in the Downtown went on to win an award for Outstanding Achievement in Promotion at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Street Awards Ceremony.

Join us again this year to kick off another successful rodeo weekend!