COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE
For over 95 years, the Caldwell Night Rodeo has been an integral partner of the communities in Idaho’s Treasure Valley by providing a family-friendly, world-class rodeo experience and by assisting numerous local charities and service clubs through donations and fund-raising opportunities made possible by our annual event. As an organization, CNR is keenly aware of its many responsibilities to our community, thus it is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors must share the news with our devoted fans that the 96th Annual Caldwell Night Rodeo will not take place in August of 2020.
This decision has been one of the most challenging ever faced by CNR. Every possible avenue to safely and responsibly hold our rodeo was explored. We consulted extensively with Idaho State and local government officials, the local health districts, and numerous other professional rodeos around the Northwest for assistance in creating an exhaustive safety and disinfection plan to mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus. In reaching this tough decision, we reflected upon the core values of Caldwell Night Rodeo: Integrity, Fan Experience, Community, Trust, Relationships, Hard Work and Loyalty. Ultimately, it was determined that CNR could not live up to our values, nor endanger the health of our community by holding our traditional event, where social distancing cannot be practiced effectively.
For 2020, we will miss the camaraderie, the competition, and the congregation of community that is Caldwell Night Rodeo. Most of all, we will miss the Rowdies and the Civies and the electric atmosphere our fans create when they stand each night for our National Anthem and when they cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls in the arena. However, we are optimistic for the future, and are looking forward to seeing you all again at the 2021 Caldwell Night Rodeo “Where the Cowboys are the Stars.”
Now in its 96th year, Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of the largest and longest-running annual events in Canyon County, drawing rodeo fans in excess of 45,000 over 5 action-packed nights. Listed among the Top 20 Professional Rodeos AND Top 5 Large Outdoor Rodeos in the nation, Caldwell Night Rodeo features the best professional cowboys, cowgirls and animal athletes in the world and is an annual stop on the professional rodeo tour.
As the first rodeo in the Pacific Northwest to ever be held under the lights, Caldwell Night Rodeo offers a true rodeo experience unlike any other. With over 600 world-class contestants and 7 action-packed nightly events, the excitement in our arena is electric. Equally divided by the infamous "Rowdies" and "Civies" - the CNR crowd plays an interactive role in the excitement of this one-of-a-kind rodeo.
In 2015, 2016 & 2017 CNR was voted the #1 Large Outdoor Family Event in Canyon County, one of the Top 10 Rodeo's in the US by Real Time Cowboy Magazine, as well as one of the 101 Best Events in the West by American Cowboy Magazine. In 2016 & 2017, CNR was once again nominated as the Top Large Outdoor Rodeo in the US by the PRCA - a prestigious award it has been nominated for over 8 times in the last 17 years.