You don't have to be a cowboy to appreciate watching one go head to head with a bucking bronco, and you need not have grown up around cattle to appreciate the guts it takes to climb aboard a full-grown bull. Of course, it doesn't hurt, but all you really need to enjoy the Caldwell Night Rodeo is a love for adrenaline-fueled sports, cold beer and a worthy cause.
The CNR kicked off its 79th annual slate of events on Tuesday, Aug. 13, but there are still four nights of bull riding, steer wrestling, cattle roping and rodeo queen crowning until it all wraps up Saturday, Aug. 17. Wednesday is family night, when up to four children younger than 12 accompanied by an adult can get in for free. Thursday is Power of Pink night, when patrons are encouraged to wear the color for breast cancer awareness, while Friday's Patriot Night benefits veterans and their families.
To keep up the giving spirit, Canyon County's Man-Up Crusade against domestic violence will be auctioning a custom-made CNR belt buckle to support Hope's Door women's shelter. The CNR closes with the Saturday night finals.
Those who can't get enough rodeo action can buy an event-long pass for $75, while adult admission Wednesday-Thursday costs $15, or $18 for Friday and Saturday performances.