Caldwell, Idaho, is a beautiful city of 50,000 people that is perched on the scenic banks of the Boise River. The city is quickly emerging as a food, wine and activity hub for the state, prefect for your next vacation.
The city was founded in the 1880’s, 30 miles west of Boise, after people who came to the region in search of gold found other opportunities for farming and trading in the area where Caldwell now resides. You won't have any trouble finding fun things to do during your stay. The culinary scene here is vibrant and growing. There is a diverse assortment of restaurants featuring some of the best culinary talent in the region. Great restaurants to visit include Mr. V’s Family Restaurant, Horsewood’s, and The Orchard House. In and around Caldwell you’ll encounter many different vineyards and wineries producing a rich selection of unique vintages. These locations are ideal for anyone interested in wine tasting, making, and purchasing. You’ll also encounter opportunities to tour the scenic vineyards. Caldwell is a community that loves to get together and celebrate with big community events like the Caldwell Night Rodeo.
Caldwell Night Rodeo (CNR) has been been providing entertainment for its patrons since before World War II. This rodeo is one of the best you’ll find in all of America. In fact, The Travel Channel ranked this rodeo No. 2 on their America's Biggest Rodeos list. At the rodeo you can expect a wide variety of professionally sanctioned events including bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, and more. To add to the overall experience, there will be live music at the Coors Rowdy & Saloon and six different vendors serving up a variety food. CNR embodies a unique environment because the rodeo is an outdoor event held under the stars. Make your next Idaho getaway one you won't forget and head to the Caldwell Night Rodeo! ResortsandLodges.com got the opportunity to interview Kassie McCreary, Marketing Assistant for the CNR, to talk about this long running event.
RAL: Tell me a little bit about the event.
KM: We are proud to be entering the 82nd year of the Caldwell Night Rodeo. The rodeo has a large and dedicated following. We are expecting to have at least 45,000 people in attendance.
RAL: What is the typical demographic makeup of the event? Children? Families? Couples?
KM: The rodeo attracts a wide range of people. We see all the groups you listed, plus people from nearly every age bracket.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
KM: Caldwell Night Rodeo is a Top 25 rodeo in the nation. CNR is a real rodeo, held outside, with the best contestants, best animal athletes, and the best fans!
RAL: Take me through a day at the event.
KM: We have seven Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events scheduled including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
RAL: Do you have any guest appearances lined up?
KM: We do have a up-and-coming artist in our Coors Rowdy & Saloon on Friday night. Other than that the cowboys are the stars here at Caldwell Night Rodeo.
RAL: What will attendees find for dining options?
KM: We offer six different concessionaires and the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets with a fully catered western dinner, drinks and reserved seating in the arena.
RAL: What is the environment like?
KM: This is a real rodeo. All the events are outdoors under the stars, this is rodeo experience unlike any other.
RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up specifically for the event?
KM: The Best Western in Caldwell has special pricing for the event, but book soon because it fills up fast.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
KM: Yes! Over $10 million is spent in our community during our rodeo. It's a huge boost and local businesses love this time of year.
RAL: Does the event support a special cause in the community?
KM: Yes, over $300,000 is given back to the community from CNR. CNR has the Western Heritage Scholarship, Man Up Crusade, Power of Pink, Military Relief Fund, Boise Rescue Mission and many other charities that we proudly support.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
KM: Caldwell Night Rodeo is a Top 25 Rodeo in the United States. Not only do we have an amazing rodeo, we get the top contestants as well. We have top of the line animal athletes and the world’s best fans! There is the CNR rowdie/civie rivalry that is a one of the most fun parts of the rodeo. The fans get to participate and love to show their CNR pride.
For more information about the Caldwell Night Rodeo, please visit their website.