Washington County Fair and Rodeo Wraps Up in Cambridge

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Packed house at the rodeo grounds.
  • Andrew Mentzer
  • Packed house at the rodeo grounds.


Last year, Boise Weekly paid a visit to several communities across the state for their respective rodeos. One thing we noticed was how commercial some had become—ahem, Caldwell, we're looking at you—while others offered a very authentic look into Idaho's agricultural roots.

From Aug. 3-4, we checked out the Washington County Fair and Rodeo in Cambridge to see how it stacked up against other events. With traditional saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, mutton busting and barrel racing events, the WCFR was just what a rodeo ought to be.

Following the community parade and weeklong fair festivities, local and regional competitors gave it their all in front of a packed house. Ten-gallon hats, big belt buckles and friendly country hospitality from start to finish made for a nice vibe. Of all the rodeos, big and small, that I have visited across the Gem State, the WCFR in Cambridge was certainly one of the most authentic, offering a true representation of old-school Idaho.

The calm before the saddle-bronc storm.
  • Andrew Mentzer
  • The calm before the saddle-bronc storm.


Hanging on during the saddle-bronc event.
  • Andrew Mentzer
  • Hanging on during the saddle-bronc event.

 No shortage of patriotism at the pre-rodeo parade.
  • Andrew Mentzer
  • No shortage of patriotism at the pre-rodeo parade.

Local comediennes tossing candy to Cambridge's youngsters.
  • Andrew Mentzer
  • Local comediennes tossing candy to Cambridge's youngsters.

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