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It’s time for that big Caldwell rodeo

Marie Galyean
Marie Galyean Idaho Statesman

The wild and wooly action at the Caldwell Night Rodeo, one of the country’s top rodeos, will blast off Tuesday with a pre-rodeo at 6:30 p.m. in the Rodeo Arena at 2301 Blaine St. This event, “Where the cowboys are the stars,” usually draws more than 40,000 fans and will offer five nights of breathtaking competition in bronc busting, bull riding and steer roping, along with popular concerts.

Tuesday is Family Night and also includes a rare, one-night-only chance to see freestyle bullfighting. The world’s best bullfighters go one-on-one with the wildest bulls in the country, performing stunts and acrobatics in the arena. Wednesday features the Man Up Crusade; Thursday shows the Power of Pink, as the audience wears pink to show support for cancer awareness, and proceeds go to Saint Al’s Medical Center and West Valley Medical Center for mammogram screenings. Friday is Patriot Night, when the audience is invited to wear red, white and blue to salute the military and their families. Saturday is Championship Night.

Rodeo tickets are $15 to $22 for adults; $8 for 12 and under. (Kids are admitted free on Tuesday and Wednesday.) Tickets may be purchased at caldwellnightrodeo.com.

On Tuesday to Friday mornings, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce will offer its 82nd Buckaroo Breakfasts of pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, juice, milk and coffee on the grounds of the Caldwell Event Center. Cost will be $6 general, $4 seniors, and free for children 11 and under. On Kids’ Day, Saturday, Aug. 20, the time will be 7 to 10 a.m.

The popular Caldwell Chuckwagon, sponsored by Kiwanis, features barbecue and all-you-can-eat fresh-picked Crookham Sweet Corn. Serving time will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, in the shady Dakan Park at the corner of Everett and Kimball. Tickets are $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; and $5 for kids. The proceeds from this event traditionally enhance education by providing scholarships and textbooks for local kids.

Friday at 10:30 p.m., Drew Baldridge will present a concert at the Coors Rowdy Saloon. Admission is free with a rodeo ticket. You must be 21 years or older to attend.

FIRST C OF I FOOTBALL GAME NEARS

It’s purple shirt time in Caldwell as the first 2016 College of Idaho home football game will be played Saturday, Sept. 3, in Simplot Stadium. Head Coach Mike Moroski says the opposing team will be Montana Western, and lots of local folks will be wearing purple on Friday, Sept. 2, as well as at the game.

NAMPA FESTIVAL OF ARTS CONTINUES TODAY

For the 30th year, entertainment, free kids activities such as an art booth, more than 190 artisans, a fine arts show and tasty food concessions draw crowds to the beautiful Lakeview Park off 16th Avenue North in Nampa. Today is the second and final day for the Nampa Festival of the Arts, organized by the Nampa Parks & Recreation Department. Admission and parking are free. No dogs are allowed at the festival.

The Main Stage entertainment will include Gerry and the Dreambenders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Choir-Eagle Song from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Patrick Dansereau from 1 to 2:30; and Jake Leg from 2:45 to 4. There is also a garden area where you can buy specialty beer and Idaho wines.

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: riedevine@cableone.net.

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