Welcome to the Moses Lake Roundup
**We are sad to announce the cancellation of our 2020 rodeo & demo derby due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The committee has looked at the situation from all angles, and feel this decision is in the best interest of our community, sponsors, contractors, contestants, volunteers and spectators to stay safe and healthy. We know the cancellation of our event, as others rodeos have, creates a hardship on those in the rodeo world who depend on our rodeos for their livelihood. We understand how unfortunate this all is, and wish the circumstances were different. Please stay safe, we will miss all of you this year!!
–We would like to honor past Columbia Basin Rodeo Association members we’ve lost this year. Without the rodeo to recognize and remember them, it is important the community knows how much they were valued. Jerry Hansen, Jerry Jensen, Garry Ottmar, and Gary Cargill, you are all appreciated and will be missed.–
Demo Derby – Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
Rodeo – Thursday, Friday & Saturday, August 19th, 20th & 21st, 2021
The first Columbia Basin Rodeo was held in 1943 at the lower end of Wheeler road, adjacent to the present day Safeway. By horseback, jeep and airplane, wild horses were rounded up to use for the bareback and saddle bronc events. Horses were rounded up from as far south as the Frenchman Hills and as far west as Vantage. The last wild horse roundup was held in 1953. Since that time, the Columbia Basin Rodeo Association has relied on professional bucking stock. The current name, Moses Lake Roundup, pays homage to the origins of this great rodeo.
In 1963 the association moved into their present facility at the Grant County Fairgrounds. That same year it also changed from a two performance rodeo to a three performance rodeo. In subsequent years, the association brought well known western personalities to the rodeo such as Dan Blocker (“Hoss” from Bonanza) and Michael Landon (“Little Joe”). The Columbia Basin Rodeo Association continues to hire the best in professional rodeo entertainment.
Having surpassed 65 years of producing rodeos, the Columbia Basin Rodeo Association has enjoyed an exciting and colorful history. The members of the association have never lost faith in the worthiness of this great rodeo and continually donate hundreds of hours each year to build on the proud tradition of the Moses Lake Roundup. As a non-profit organization, the association also contributes to the community by way of donating scholarships to local high school seniors and our queen, as well as sponsoring area youth baseball and rodeo teams.
Of all the PRCA-sanctioned rodeos in the Columbia River Circuit, Moses Lake Roundup won Small Rodeo of the Year in 2011, and after increasing purse money, won Large Rodeo of the Year in 2013. This was a great honor, especially considering legendary rodeos like Ellensburg and the Pendleton Roundup were amongst the competition!