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.

2023 Rodeo Season

The 2023 rodeo season will begin on Thursday, June 1st and continue through Thursday, August 17th. Come down to the rodeo every Thursday evening for 12 weeks with slack at 6:00 p.m. and the main performance at 7:30 p.m.


Learn more about the changes and what to expect for the 2023 rodeo season here! 

Get Involved

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

Reserve Arena Side Parking

We are excited to announce the introduction of our premium arena side online parking reservation system new for the 2023 season!

Arena side parking tickets go on sale every Wednesday starting at 12 pm through the rodeo season!

Leaving your vehicles at the arena or on Willow Lane early will no longer be allowed for the 2023 season!!  We hope you'll enjoy the convenience of reserving your premium arena-side parking in advance.  

Purchase your arena-side parking tickets HERE!!