ABOUT US

The War Bonnet Round Up is the oldest rodeo in Idaho. Held every year the first weekend in August, Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo is a PRCA sanctioned event and we aim to bring best rodeo contract personnel, talent, and stock to compete in our family-friendly atmosphere. Plan on our 107th Celebration on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018.

Each night of the rodeo gates will open at 5:00 pm with pre-rodeo events at 7:00 pm and the main PRCA rodeo to follow at 8:00 pm. Come early to get the best seats, enjoy the food, as well as the vendors at the Bank of Idaho Arena at Sandy Downs.

The Bank of Idaho Arena at Sandy Downs is located at 1860 E. 65th S. Idaho Falls, ID 83402. From I-15 take Exit 113 and turn East. Go 6 miles and rodeo grounds will be on your right.

HISTORY

The War Bonnet Round up, Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, is one of the largest annual events in eastern Idaho. The Round Up was originally started in 1911 by a group of local businessmen from the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. They then teamed up with local cowboys and Native Americans to create an event that brought together everyone in a celebration of their way of life.  Over the years, the rodeo has been held at various locations including Tautphaus Park and is now held at Sandy Downs, a city-owned facility. 

From the beginning, the War Bonnet Round Up brought together families, locals, and visitors to watch the performers and events. Today, the City of Idaho Falls Department of Parks and Recreation hosts this historic event. Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo would not be possible without the involvement and support from our sponsors. With your help, we are able to sustain the tradition and heritage of the War Bonnet Round up. In 2018, more than 450 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world will compete in front of more than 15,000 rodeo enthusiasts over three action-filled nights at Sandy Downs Park.

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