The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is a world famous rodeo that takes place over the Victoria Day long weekend in May each year.
Cloverdale Rodeo 2018
In 2018 the fair celebrates its 129th year during the weekend of May 18-21.
The Cloverdale Rodeo is a great family event, with cowboys competing for over $300,000 in prize money and thousands of spectators turning out to enjoy the show and midway attractions.
In a busy year as many as 100,000 people attend the fair, of which close to 20,000 watch the rodeo shows.
Cloverdale Country Fair
The Cloverdale Country Fair is a family-friendly event featuring a wide range of activities, including lumberjack shows, a BBQ Rib Fest, country music performances, a giant midway featuring dozens of rides, and an Agri Zone with all sorts of animals including miniature donkeys, llamas, alpacas, sheep, horses, pigs and more.
You don’t have to like rodeos to enjoy all the entertainment at the fair. It’s a huge event with lots to see and do.
Country Fair Admission
Admission to the fairgrounds costs about $10, but is free for children under 13. Midway rides cost $40 or so for an all-day pass for all ages. Individual ride tickets are also available. Parking is about $10 per vehicle.
In addition to the fair, on the Saturday there is also a parade starting at 10 am.
The Cloverdale Rodeo takes place the entire weekend, with show times once per day and twice on the Saturday. Admission to the rodeo is about $25 per performance, and free for children ages 12 and under.
Rodeo events include bareback riding, barrel racing, bronco riding, bull riding and mutton busting.
What is mutton busting? It involves children 3 years of age or older, but under 45 pounds, where the little guys try their hardest to hang on and ride a sheep for as long as they can. Fortunately, the kids wear helmets and audience members cannot volunteer their children to participate.
TIP #1: We recommend buying tickets in advance online. Not only will you save a couple of dollars, but you’ll skip the lineups at the entrance and avoid being disappointed when the rodeo sells out.
For more information, check out the Cloverdale Rodeo’s official website.