Today, you can bask in Idaho's Western roots with a trip to the Snake River Stampede, which takes place at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
The annual rodeo kicks off tonight and generally draws about 40,000 attendees, all channeling their inner cowboys during its five-day run, which concludes Saturday, July 21.
According to its Facebook page, the Stampede is "a direct descendent of the Nampa Harvest Festival, which was first staged in Nampa in 1911." With a $400,000 payoff, it's no wonder top cowpokes come to Idaho to compete.
In addition to the regular rodeo events—like steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding and barrel racing—opening night will also include a calf scramble. For a list of rodeo events, click here.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m., pre-rodeo gets going at 6:30 p.m., and then the rodeo officially opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11.75-$33.50, and available at ictickets.com.