Always the last weekend in July, Jazz in the Valley brings the summer fun to Ellensburg,Washington. Historic Downtown Ellensburg is filled with crowds who return year after year to listen to top-notch music in the venues. The 3 day festival is full of music for all tastes, jazz, blues, reggae, Latin rhythms, soul, Dixieland, and rock ‘n roll. $60 Pre-sale tickets are on sale now. In addition, due to the generosity of sponsor, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, the Sunday show featuring Total Experience Gospel Choir and Darren Motamedy will be free.
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The Ellensburg Rodeo is one of the “old rodeos” and has earned its place as one of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos. The Ellensburg Rodeo also hosts the World Finale of PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour. Started in 1923 with the same volunteer spirit that still “fuels the fire” of today’s volunteers, the rodeo has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to the Professional event of today with over 600 contestants and prize money in excess of $400,000!
Today’s best riders, ropers, and wrestlers compete in what many consider to be the best rodeo arena in the nation. The Friday night opening performance starts in the evening and ends under the stars. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon “perfs” feel electrically charged by the brilliant blue sky. It all leads up to the Labor Day Monday Championship Finals… the best of the best dueling in the dirt!