During the summer of 1948 Mr. Cliff Michel built the first Rodeo Arena, on the site where the Hiawatha School now stands. This rodeo was started for the sole purpose of bringing a fall celebration to Othello. The first amateur rodeo was Sat., Oct. 3, 1948. Fifty-six cowboys entered in seven different events, for a total purse of $500.
Local cowboys that entered in the first rodeo were: Dick Donley, Rube Emerson, Leon Haase, Phil Herman, Norm Kruse, Perry Larson, Kenny May, Clayton Michel Cliff Michel, Claude Moore, John Para Jr., Larry Crider, Bob McCourtie, Chet Phillips (Lind), Darrow (Darrel?) Rorvik, Harold Hodges, Harold Swabb (Moses Lake).
We are proud of our rich heritage. From our humble beginnings to the present day, our goal was and is to produce one of the best Rodeos anywhere. We have done that exactly!