North Washington Rodeo Kicks Off August 17-21st

Paige Kennedy,

2021 North Washington

Rodeo Queen


The North Washington Volunteer Fire Department is excited to announce that it will host its 61st annual rodeo on August 17-21 at the North Washington Rodeo Arena Gates will open at 6:00 PM. The event is held rain or shine.

The parade will start the week-long event on August 16th at 6:30 pm.

Showtime will start at 8 pm each evening and thousands will come to enjoy the cowgirl roping, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing fun.

Just how did the North Washington Rodeo come into existence?

A man by the name of Clayton Bell from Birmingham, New York brought an idea to the town of North Washington, Pennsylvania that the firemen should consider holding a rodeo. And from there, the North Washington Rodeo was born.

The first rodeo was held in August 1959. The first contract was signed with Foy Reynolds on Bonifay, Florida. A 20 acre pieced of ground was rented from Mr. Ed Rasp in order to have enough parking and an arena. Bleachers were rented and borrowed from Pullman Park and Slippery Rock University. The first rodeo showed such huge attendance that the firemen had to use bales of hay on the hillside for seating.

The second year of the now annual rodeo saw new bleachers and the start of permanent fences made from “sucker rods”. Many local men spent many hours welding the fence. At this time permanent buildings for eating facilities were also started. In the early years a lot of their contestants stayed in their Truck House for lack of funds to stay in motels. Many local homes also made rooms available for contestants.

Now the North Washington Rodeo is one of the best rodeos in the country and sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and their stock contractor is Rawhide Rodeo Company.

As the years have progressed, the firemen have been able to increase the seating capacity to approximately 7,000 seats. They have also made tremendous improvement to the function of the arena by adding buildings, improving lighting, showers and the purchase of 20 acres of land from the revenue brought in from ticket sales to the Rodeo. They have also purchased new fire equipment from the proceeds. Come on out and help support this long standing tradition.

Ticket prices at the gate are $16.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids (4-12). Advance sale tickets are $14 for adults and kids (4-12) are $6.00. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Zanella Milling in West Sunbury.

Special Nights are Tuesday and Wednesday Family Nights with one full price paid adult ticket gets two kids in free.

Veterans Night will be Friday night. All military, policeman, fire fighters and EMS get to pay pre-sale price which is $14. Must show proof of service.

All proceeds from the event benefit the North Washington Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new, updated equipment as well as further improvements to the rodeo arena.

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