Caldwell Night Rodeo

2301 Blaine Street
208-459-2060

Caldwell Night Rodeo History

The Caldwell Night Rodeo was organized in 1935 as part of the festivities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beginning of irrigation on the Boise project. It was called the Homesteaders' Silver Jubilee and Night Rodeo. Lights were installed on the grounds and the first night rodeo to be held in southern Idaho was witnessed by thousands of people. Stock was provided by Everett Colborn and Doc Sorenson and $2,500 was put up in prize money.  Kid Combs of Caldwell, a professional bronc buster, was the first cowboy to file his name on the entry list for the rodeo.

The rodeo became an annual event in Caldwell and grew bigger and better every year in the l930s thanks to the work and support of the community. It continued into the l940s and only missed two years during the war when President Roosevelt requested that such events not be held.

Tex Ritter, a popular singing cowboy, was the first star of the Caldwell. That was in 1947, and throughout that decade, large crowds and local enthusiasm abounded at the night rodeo.

In l963, the rodeo moved to the brand new Canyon Multi-Purpose Stadium. The crowds felt the tradition had been lost and many did not attend the rodeo the way they had in the past. Hoping to recapture the enthusiasm and support they had enjoyed in the past, the rodeo board made some big changes for the l965 rodeo. A major star, Patti Page, was signed to entertain during the rodeo. The dates were moved up from August to June and the name was changed to Treasure Valley Roundup.

This might have worked in another year but it proved disastrous that year. It rained that week. Shavings were hauled in and strewn over the grassy field at Simplot Stadium. The rodeo grounds crew were told not to water the grass for a week before the rodeo but someone inadvertently watered it just before the shavings were scattered.  This made the arena as slick as an ice skating rink. The bucking animals came wildly out of the chutes but, after a few slips on the slick ground, they stopped bucking. Many of the calf roping horses slid and a few fell over, injuring their riders.

When the week was over, the rodeo board was deeply in debt. Patti Page had to be paid but they were unable to pay the stock contractor and owed a lot of money to a lot of other people. City merchants and other rodeo supporters in Caldwell held a barbeque dinner and those attending paid $100 a plate. The stock contractors, Christensen Brothers, let their bill carry over for several years, allowing the Caldwell directors to pay a little on it each year until it was paid.

The following year, 1966, the rodeo moved to a newly built arena adjacent to the Simplot Stadium complex and it remains there to this day. The dates were moved back to August and the name was changed back to Caldwell Night Rodeo. Crowds came out in large numbers to show their support for the re-building effort. It was several years before the rodeo was out of the red but the growth has been steady and consistent since that time.

There have been no more stars. The rodeo directors vowed the cowboys would be the stars and they would put on a rodeoer's rodeo. They have stayed true to that vow.

Today the Caldwell Night Rodeo is listed among the top 20 professional rodeos in the nation and draws crowds in the neighborhood of 40,000 over five nights. The best professional cowboys in the world make the Caldwell Night Rodeo an annual stop in their schedule. It has been featured on nationwide television and is one of the rodeos listed on the professional rodeo tour.

Upcoming Events at Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell Night Pre Rodeo

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Caldwell Night Pre Rodeo

Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 at 5:30pm
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Caldwell Night Pre Rodeo

Monday, Aug 13, 2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 at 6:30pm
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 at 6:30pm
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 at 6:30pm
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Friday, Aug 17, 2018 at 6:30pm
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 at 6:30pm
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Recent News

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