If you live in Idaho, it’s almost a right of passage to go to a rodeo. Small town or big production, there is something very patriotic and exciting about sitting with a few thousand friends cheering on the athletes and the animals.
This week it is the 108th annual Snake River Stampede at the Ford Idaho Center.
This is a great rodeo to check out if you are a fan of indoor plumbing and air conditioning! And they have a whole row of shopping, food trucks, and vendors to check out if you need a break from the arena.
The Snake River Stampede started in the 1900’s as a small, local bucking horse competition. Over the years, Snake River Stampede has evolved into one of the top 10 professional rodeos in the U.S. We like to say that it is one of the largest, wildest, fastest major professional sports events in Idaho!
Boyd Polhamus, one of the premier rodeo announcers in the business, has been part of the production of the Snake River Stampede for nearly two decades. He helps fans understand what is going on in each event and provides fun banter with the rodeo clowns as well. He announces from the back of a horse and always opens the night with a prayer and closes it with encouragement to the rodeo fans: “Who you are is God’s gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God.”
These are the moments that make an impression on folks about the kind of place we live. Nothing short of amazing.