Wild West Rodeo

For 12 Weeks in June through August - Rain or Shine

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Scholarship applications are due Thursday, August 10th to be announced at the Finals Rodeo, August 17th. To apply, please fill out the online or printable application at the bottom of the page.

It is the desire of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association to make available up to $2,000 awarded to Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association contestants or volunteers who are actively enrolled in college or a trade school.

Value: Up to $2,000.00 for the academic year of 2023-2024

  • A contestant or volunteer who has participated or volunteered in a minimum of nine rodeos during the 2023 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo season.
  • A contestant or volunteer who has been accepted into an accredited education program or enrolled in an accredited trade school program.
Award Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will consider the applicants:

  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Applicant’s Personal Statement
  • Interview (if determined necessary by the Committee)
Letters of Recommendation:

Two (2) letters of recommendation (not from a family member.)

Personal Statement:

A typed statement, personal letter, or essay that discusses your plans and goals. Please comment on an important experience of personal significance or a specific person who has inspired or encouraged you. Briefly include any special circumstances or family situations that you feel will aid in the selection process. Emphasize the ways in which this award will help you in reaching your goals.


Please complete:

  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Your personal statement


Online: Complete an online application here!

By Email: Send a completed application to [email protected] 

Hand Deliver To: One of your board members—Mike Kennedy, Melanie Cardiff, Tom Harrington, Steve Turley or Jashine Wise

By Mail: Send the completed application to

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association
P.O. Box 1739
Carbondale, CO 81623

Deadline: Completed application must be received no later than Thursday, August 10, 2023.

Notification: Recipients will be notified at the Finals Rodeo, August 17, 2023.

Welcome to the Rodeo

The Carbondale Rodeo Committee is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive by offering a fun family-oriented event for residents and visitors alike. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is held every Thursday from June until late August, rain or shine.

2024 Rodeo Season

The 2024 rodeo season will begin on Thursday, June 6th, and continue through Thursday, August 22nd. Come down to the rodeo every Thursday evening for 12 weeks. 

  • Gates open at 5 pm 
  • Slack is at 5:45 pm
  • Grand Entry is at 7:30
Get Involved

Join us in preserving the Western heritage of the Roaring Fork Valley by volunteering for the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo! Contribute to a meaningful cause, build lasting connections, and enjoy personal satisfaction in supporting a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the spirit of the Wild West. Whether you're experienced with livestock or not, there's a role for you. Sign up today and make a difference at the Carbondale Rodeo!


To volunteer, email Mike Kennedy at:
[email protected]  or call at:
(970) 379-3907.

Reserve Arena Fence Parking

We are excited to continue the premium arena fence online parking reservation system for the 2024 season!

Arena fence parking tickets go on sale every Wednesday starting at noon through the rodeo season and typically sell out within minutes.

Remember, leaving your vehicles at the arena or on Willow Lane early is no longer allowed. 

Learn more about premium arena fence parking tickets HERE.