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Tires get us to places we have to go, and more importantly, destinations we want to go. And North Central Idaho has lots to go see.

And rodeos are one of them.

When you talk about Western sport, the rodeo is a staple that draws attendance to see both professional athletes and hometown heroes vie for added money, belt buckles, and the glory of the arena.

The rodeo grew out of the roundup, a contest of skill between various cowhands, and began to grow in popularity in the late 1880s and 90s. Rodeos east of the Mississippi travel like circuses and take place in indoor arenas, but in the west, annual rodeos are community staples and are held annually.

Events include riding broncs and steers, roping and tying steers and calves, bulldogging, barrel racing, along with other contests that include the crowd-pleasing wild cow milking.

Idaho County kicks off its rodeo season in May at Riggins, and White Bird holds its annual event during Father’s Day weekend. Coming up July 4-6 is the Grangeville Border Days rodeo, one of the oldest in Idaho that draws hundreds to the community for the three-day spectacle. Within the region, Weippe holds its event this Aug. 17-19, and Winchester continues its western spectacle on July 7-8. Additionally, other rodeos, including special events such as the Kamiah Bull Bash, are held through the summer; check local news coverage for upcoming times.

Ready to travel? Check out The Tire Guy for your vehicle needs, as well as for roadside tire assistance. We’re here to help get you places: 208-962-3241 (shop), 502 Main Street in Cottonwood.

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