The Ellicottville Championship Rodeo returns June 30-July 3 for its 28th year of great family fun.

The event attracts hundreds of professional riders from around the world and is now one of the largest International Professional Rodeo Association/American Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeos in the northeast.

There also will be more than 150 head of world-class rodeo stock, which is instrumental to having the best bucking, fastest horses and bulls.

The rodeo is divided into two categories: Rough-Stock (riding) Events and Timed Events.

Rough-stock events include Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. Timed events include Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing and Calf Roping. Other events include Junior Bull Riding, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping and the always popular Stick Horse Races for kids 10 and younger. Plus, a rodeo clown will provide live entertainment between the events.

The rodeo attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country to watch and enjoy the competition. Many folks come for the fun year after year.

The rodeo is located at 6319 Sommerville Valley Rd., just outside the Village of Ellicottville. Shows will be held June 30-July 2 at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) and Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. (gates open at noon). Spectacular fireworks follow all three evening shows. Be sure to get there early to check out the delicious food and many vendors, and stay late to enjoy “slack” (i.e. more rodeo events) under the lights following the fireworks each evening.

Admission at the gate is $19 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and free for children under age 5. Visit