Rodeo Enthusiasts Come Out in Droves to Annual Event in Roy

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/7/22

The 61st annual Roy Pioneer Rodeo returned during its June iteration as attendees gathered from throughout Washington to attend the staple event for the city.

With over 2,000 people in attendance …

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Rodeo Enthusiasts Come Out in Droves to Annual Event in Roy

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The 61st annual Roy Pioneer Rodeo returned during its June iteration as attendees gathered from throughout Washington to attend the staple event for the city.

With over 2,000 people in attendance on June 4 and June 5, there were first time rodeo attendees and rodeo veterans present. The delicious aroma of burgers from Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon filled the air as the rodeo was set to begin.

All of the classic Roy Rodeo contests took place. It began with a ceremony where sponsor flags were presented, alongside the United States flag and several military based flags. Following the National Anthem, the rodeo was underway.

The rodeo kicked off with bronc riding and was followed by calf roping. The rain certainly created an interesting environment, but it was nothing the cowboys and cowgirls couldn’t handle. The events continued throughout the afternoon as team milking and team roping competitors had a chance to display their skills.

Afterwards, the chariot races began. The races were followed by a performance by the Bethel Braves Equestrian Team, before more events took place.



Once the equestrian team wrapped up, the arena grounds were swept and the barrel racing course was set up. Several participants and their horses displayed their agility throughout the event.

The final event of the rodeo was the bull riding, which is a Roy Rodeo classic.

The Roy Rodeo was first created in 1960 and has been the top attraction for the City of Roy. With the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rodeo takes place twice a year. It’s scheduled for June and then at the end of August, to provide rodeo contestants from throughout the northwest a place to display their skills. 

The Roy Rodeo will return again at the end of August and beginning of September for its final rodeo of the year.

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