Omak Stampede Inc.

Events Overview

Annual Omak Stampede


We would like you to join us for a weekend of western entertainment that will be one of your fondest memories. From the Thursday morning ride-in to the Sunday running of the World Famous Suicide Race, you will enjoy an action packed weekend to include Davis Shows Carnival, Wrangler Kids Night, Indian Encampment & Pow Wow, Western & Native Art Show, Rodeo Dances and Vendor Row, Omak Stampede “Company Store”. As well, Omak Stampede continues to support the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign.

Omak Stampede Schedule & Events


Omak Stampede Week Events

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86th Annual Omak Stampede


5:00-11:00pm: Davis Shows Carnival Opens Encampment Opens Western and Native Art Show Kick Off



8:00am: Ride-In Sponsored by the Okanogan Team Penner’s Association
10:00am-7:00pm: Western & Native Art Show – Omak Elks Lodge
1:00pm-6:00pm Cowboys and Indians Invitational Art Show Artist Reception- Rockwall Cellars
4:00pm: Wrangler Kids Night
5:00-11:00pm: Davis Shows Carnival
5:30-10:00pm Stampede Outreach
6:00pm: Omak Stampede Indian Encampment Official Opening Ceremonies
7:00pm: Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo & World Famous Suicide Race



All Day: Indian Encampment
9:00am: Slack – Timed Events
10:00am – 7:00pm: Western & Native Art Show – Omak Elks Lodge
4:00pm – Midnight: Davis Shows Carnival
5:30 – 10:00pm Stampede Outreach
7:00pm: Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo & World Famous Suicide Race



All Day: Indian Encampment
10:00am-7:00pm: Western & Native Art Show
2:30pm-5pm Reception & Live Auction – Omak Elks Lodge
11:00am-Midnight: Davis Shows Carnival
5:00-10:00pm Stampede Outreach
7:00pm: Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo & World Famous Suicide Race
Followed by Dance at the Stampede Grounds



All Day: Indian Encampment 8:30am: Western Church Service at the Stampede Outreach Stage
10:00am: Stampede Grand Parade – Downtown Omak
9:00-2:00pm: Western & Native Art Show –Omak Elks Lodge
11:00am: Davis Shows Carnival
2:00pm: Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo & World Famous Suicide Race

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PRCA Rodeo

PRCA Headquarters - Colorado Springs, CO

“The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in ProRodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards. The PRCA, a membership-based organization, sanctions approximately 600 rodeos annually, and there are more than 30 million fans in the U.S. Unlike most other professional sports, where contestants are paid salaries regardless of how well they do at a particular competition, cowboys generally pay to enter each rodeo. If they place high enough to win money, they probably make a profit, but if they don’t, they’ve actually lost their entry fee and any travel expenses, so every entry is a gamble pitting the chance for loss and physical injury against the chance for financial windfalls and athletic glory. Also unlike most sanctioned professional sports, the hundreds of “playing fields” – rodeo arenas – of PRCA-sanctioned rodeos vary widely by locale. The size, shape, perimeter and roof/open top of an arena, as well as the chute configuration, greatly affect times for timed events and, to a lesser extent, scores for roughstock events. The differences are so significant that some timed-event cowboys own different horses for different types of arenas. For that reason, the most fair way to measure cowboys’ success in competition across the varied settings is by earnings. The total payout at PRCA rodeos in 2010 was $39,870,303 – a $2 million increase from 2009.” –PRCA Rodeo Website

Check here the for most up-to-date Standings: PRCA Standings

“The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association was formed in 1948 when thirty-eight cowgirls came together in San Angelo, Texas to create an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the sport of rodeo. The earliest pioneers of the Girl’s Rodeo Association (GRA) were ropers, bronc riders, and barrel racers. They were fed up with a system which did not grant them competitive opportunities in the arena and, when it did, operated under unfair conditions.The GRA began with 74 original members with 60 approved contests and total payout of $29,000. In 1981 the GRA changed its name to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. It is the oldest women’s sports association in the country and the only one governed entirely by women.” – WPRA Rodeo Website

Check here for the most up-to-date Standings: WPRA Standings

Official Events

Bull Riding

In what is hoped to be an eight-second ride, the rider holds a flat-braided rope in his glove hand. As he settles onto his bull in the chute, he pulls the rope’s tail through a loop and wraps the rope around his riding hand, at times weaving it through his fingers for better grip. Each bull has a different style of bucking; some spin, others circle, others throw in jumps or kicks, and others move sideways in mid-air. As the cowboy waves his free hand to counter the bull’s gyration and maintain his balance, he must avoid touching the bull with his free hand or he is disqualified. The cowboy’s control and the bull’s bucking efforts each account for half of the score.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Unlike bareback riding, where the cowboy grabs a rigging fastened to the horse’s back, a saddle bronc rider grips a thick rein attached to the horse’s halter. He must then mark out the horse as in bareback riding. As the horse bucks, the rider bends his knees to pull his heels back and then snaps his feet back to the horse’s shoulder as the animal’s front feet hit the ground, synchronizing spurring with the horse’s movements. The rider is judged on spurring action, body control and the degree to which he keeps his toes turned out. The horse’s bucking action contributes to the score, just as in bareback riding.

Bull Dogging/Steer Wrestling

Steer wrestlers, also known as bulldoggers, try to toss a steer onto its back after jumping off a quarter horse. Courage, timing and balance are essential. The objective: Get the steer on the ground the fastest using only strength and leverage. Done correctly, the event takes only three to five seconds. The cowboy starts his run behind a barrier with another cowboy called a hazer, who keeps the steer from turning away. The steer is then given a head start. When it reaches the “scoreline” and the rope barrier is released, the steer wrestler and the hazer chase the steer until the wrestler can make his jump. The wrestler then hooks his right arm around the steer’s right horn, grasps the left horn with his left hand and digs his heels into the dirt and uses leverage to bring down the animal.

Tie-Down Riding

After giving the calf a head start, the horse and rider begin their chase. As the cowboy throws his loop, the horse comes to a stop. With his horse still skidding to a stop, the cowboy dismounts, runs to the calf, throws it to the ground and ties any three legs together with a “pigging string.” The horse must keep slack out of the rope but not pull so tight that the calf is dragged. When the roper finishes tying, he throws his hands in the air to signal to the flag judge. Then, he gets back on his horse and rides toward the calf, putting slack back into the rope. The calf must remain tied for six seconds after the rope is slack or the cowboy will receive a “no time.”

Bareback Riding

The most physically demanding event in a pro rodeo may be bareback riding. Cowboys use one hand to grasp a leather “rigging” to stay on the horse and are judged on their spurring technique and bucking action of the horse. To score higher points, riders must turn the toes of their boots outward and lean way back. No score will be given if the cowboy does not “mark out” the horse. Judges watch closely to ensure that as the horse comes out of the chute, the cowboy’s feet are above its shoulders. The feet must remain there until the horse’s front feet hit the ground. A bareback rider must remain on the animal for eight seconds.

Barrel Racing

The goal of barrel racing is to run a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels in the fastest time. The horses pivot on their haunches at high speeds and execute each turn with only inches to spare. Normally, quarter horses are used in barrel racing. A knocked-over barrel incurs a five-second penalty.

Team Roping

Team roping demands close cooperation between two cowboys (“header” and “heeler”) and their horses. The steer is given a head start as the header waits behind a rope barrier. If the header breaks the barrier, a 10-second penalty is assessed. The heeler follows. The header is the first one to rope and must catch the steer either around the horns, neck, or one horn and the head. As soon as the header secures the loop, he “dallies” the rope around the saddle horn and rides to the left, turning the steer away from a right-handed heeler. As the header rides away, the heeler tries to rope the steer’s hind feet. A five-second penalty is assessed if the heeler catches only one foot. The two riders then back their horses to take the slack out of their ropes. The clock stops when all the slack has been taken up and the ropers are facing one another.

World Famous Suicide Race

In the old days, local Indians gathered at prime fishing sites during the salmon runs to harvest and dry a winter’s supply of fish. A favorite gathering place at the junction of the Sanpoil and Columbia rivers, eventually became the site of Old Keller. The people camped there in late May to fish and prepare for the festivities that always followed the completion of the salmon harvest. The celebration of the salmon is an ancient custom among the tribes of the Columbia Plateau that for centuries depended on the fish for sustenance. It was a time of work, but when the work was through and every person had a supply of dried salmon; it was a time of celebration and ceremony. It was a time of visiting with family and friends, feasting, dancing, and performing the traditional ceremonies that sustained the spiritual life of the people.

Horse racing was sure to be a component of any gathering of Native Americans. A festive parade displaying the horses flamboyantly decorated and in their finest trappings, preceded the races. During this display there was intense speculation and betting on the outcome of the race, with each tribe or band remaining loyal to their own horses. Erskine Wood, adjutant to General O. O. Howard, Colville Reservation. He recalled, “It did not take long for the excitement to grow and soon the bets were showering down and the pile swelling visibly with such great rapidity that is was marvelous how account could be kept. Blankets, furs, saddles, knives, traps, tobacco, beads, whips and a hundred other things were staked.” Though Wood’s visit was part of extensive government negotiations, the Indians still manages to run an average of one horse race per hour during the course of the meeting.

When the necessity of storing up dried salmon for winter was just a memory, the tradition of meeting to celebrate, renew friendships and race horses continued. In the 1920s Hugh McShane, a white man married to a Colville Indian woman named Sadie Nee, began promoting Salmon Days as the Keller Rodeo. In addition to roping and bronc and bull riding, McShane encouraged the continuation of a thrilling and dangerous race called the mountain race.

The mountain race was a holdover from the days when Indian men proved their skill and courage on horseback by competing in daring contests. The race was a half mile, pell-mell down a nearly vertical, boulder-strewn chasm in the face of a mountain. From there the riders raced across a dry channel of the Sanpoil River and charged into the rodeo arena. It soon became the crowd’s favorite event. Long-time Keller resident Henry Kuehne recalled that his parent’s horse, Diamond, a percheron-Hambletonian cross, won the race twice under the ridership of Tex Martin, a San Poil Indian who was a professional bronc rider of local notoriety. Kuehne further noted that original race was far more treacherous than anything seen in modern times, saying, “That old race could really be a horse killer. Compared to it, the race they have now is pretty tame.

The riders would start the tortuous climb up the mountain early in the day so they could rest their horses when they got to the top. Many a rider who climbed to the starting line failed to run in the race, losing nerve after a look down the steep mountainside. When the riders were given the go-ahead by the starter, veritable chaos ensued. The outcome of the race was often decided by who made it first to a narrow split in the fence of a rock ledge about halfway down the mountain. In the dash to get there first, there were terrible pileups. Kuehne remembered, “Sometimes you’d just see a huge cloud of dust when they got to that gap, and then would come some riders, and after that the guys who fell off would come rolling down the hill.” It was hard to tell if the many bandages and bruises seen around town at rodeo time were from the mountain race, rough stock events or the many brawls that erupted during the course of the rodeo.

Owners & Jockeys Committee


    • Pete Palmer

Vice President

    • Jonathan Abrahamson


    • Lea Cate


    •  Louie Leskinen 
Sgt. At Arms
    • Matthew Pakotas
    • VJ Vargas

Indian Encampment & Pow Wow

Sponsored by the Colville Confederated Tribes, the annual Indian Encampment and Pow Wow held at the Omak Stampede Grounds is a traditional gathering.The Indian Encampment features an authentic teepee village, dancing, drumming and singing competitions and stick games – a Native American game of chance. The encampment grounds are open to the public throughout the weekend. Stroll on through and enjoy the beauty, grace and sacred traditions of our Native American culture.

Encampment Committee
    • Flodell Williams

Vice President

    • Hazel Hewankorn


    • Mandy McDonald


    •  Sam Wilson 

Specialty Acts

Jessica Blair-Fowlkes

Jessica Blair-Fowlkes is currently one of the most sought after performers in the equine and rodeo industry.  She performs a variety daringly fast acts with her 4 grey American Quarter Horses, including a flaming Roman riding, trick riding, and Liberty/bridle-less exhibition.   Jessica began her career while attaining her degree at the University of Tennessee: during this time she performed in front of over a million people a year at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede as one of their lead riders/dancers.  Here Jessica developed her love of trick and roman riding and decided to pursue a career on her own after graduation in the equine entertainment industry. Since then Jessica has traveled around the U.S. performing in some of the largest rodeos and equine events in the country.  Always striving to be fast and flashy, Jessica loves bringing smiles to the faces of adults and children alike with her thrilling displays of horsemanship!

Madison MacDonald Thomas

At 23 years of age Madison MacDonald Thomas is one of the World’s Top Equestrian Athletes in the arena. She is a seasoned entertainer who has been performing since the age of 11 years old! Madison has had the honor of performing across Canada and the United States at world renown events and rodeos. She has been selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for the past 6 consecutive years. Madison has a unique equestrian background composed of diverse disciplines Professional Trick Rider, Barrel Racer, Horse Trainer, Team Roper, Equine Stunt Woman, Bareback & Bridleless Performer and Clinician. Madison who was born and raised in Calgary Alberta Canada now currently lives in Stephenville, Texas. When not on the road; she is at home training horses, teaching new generations of up and coming trick riders allowing her to give back to the sport which she loves.

Rodeo Clowns & Bullfighters

JJ Harrison

JJ Grew up in the small town of Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian Border. He found an interest in rodeo in high school, which led to his being on the Washington State University Rodeo team. “Go Cougs”………….
I tried all events but Bull riding was what I really loved… but due to the fact I’m a big sissy… I stuck with Roping” He found success roping but laughs off his career to a really fun road trip.
JJ has taught middle school for 8 years and enjoys every second he spends with kids. “I never want to grow up and the best way to do that is hang with kids.” JJ has been to over 120 rodeos performances in only 3 years time.
He has become one of the most sought after rodeo clowns in the Northwest and shows no signs of stopping. If you want high energy and constant entertainment in your arena…this is the guy. “I always worry that people will someday realize…it’s not an act….it’s just who I am….” 

Erick Schwindt


Wrangler's Kid Night

Prior to Thursday Night's Performance - 4:00pm

Thursday afternoon celebrates the annual Wrangler Kid’s Night. This event is dedicated to kids 12 and under who join us at 4:00pm for fun and games on the floor of the rodeo arena. As the kids come through the gates they are met with a goodie bag filled with treasures, next into the arena to participate in a variety of activities.
The next hour is all about the kids. Games are played in four age groups to give everyone plenty of space. Games include the famous stick horse race, the hay scramble, the boot race and others.
There is also a best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest. Our rodeo bullfighters, barrel man and royalty are also there to help out. There are prizes for everyone. On Thursday, Family Night, each adult can take two children 12 and younger to the rodeo for free with the purchase of an adult ticket in the family section of the arena.
We would like to thank our long time sponsor, Wrangler, for their continued support. We also would like to thank Pepsi for beverages and prizes, Okanogan-Omak Rotary for sponsorship and Herriman Speedy Tank for the Best-Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl awards.

Tough Enough To Wear Pink

Friday Night's Performance

Join in! Friday night we’re partnering with Wrangler and the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Campaign to prove we’re tough enough! For every ticket we sell for the Friday night rodeo performance, the Omak Stampede will donate $1.00 to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

For more information go to:

So put on that pink! If you don’t have pink in your closet, Official Tough Enough To Wear Pink apparel will be available at the Company Store at the Rodeo and online!

All the proceeds from TETWP t-shirt sales go to local Mammogram programs!

Parade of Flags

Parade of Flags: Business Letter 2019

Dear Business Flag Sponsor,

The growth of our sponsor flag program the past several years has been phenomenal. The beauty and pageantry of all the flags flowing in the wind and winding throughout the arena has gotten us a very high number of favorable comments from fans. It is our belief that it is also of value to the flag sponsors, particularly considering that all flag sponsors get mentioned on a special page in the day sheet; and also get mentioned several times on the electronic scoreboard during each rodeo performance. This year will be our 86th Anniversary and we are gearing up for a great year!

The success of the flag program has been great and we are still asking for your help. Many of the riders carrying flags come from as far away as Loomis, Brewster, and Winthrop, Wenatchee & Western Washington. In order for this ceremony to be carefully choreographed it requires practices in advance of the rodeo. Most sponsors have helped their rider by giving them some money for gas and practice expenses and many have also helped purchase the outfits that the riders are wearing during the rodeo. In order for these volunteer riders to be fairly compensated for transportation costs and outfits, we are proposing that each sponsor pay a fee, suggested amount is at least $150.00, per year to help the riders defray their costs.

In addition, all businesses will be required to pay their riders directly. These funds cannot be processed through our office. 

Please direct your reply as soon as possible to: 421 Stampede Dr E, Omak WA 98841 or You may also contact Amanda Knowles, (509) 429-5677 or Dan Salkawske, (509) 679-2000. Thank you again for your help in making the Omak Stampede one of the top family entertainment rodeos in the United States.

Dan Salkawske
Amanda Knowles
Grand Entry Directors

Parade of Flags: Reference Sheet


  • Dan Salkawske 509- 679-2000
  • Amanda Knowles 509-429-5677
  • Omak Stampede Office, 826-1983


  • ProStitch Embroidery, 826-6858
  • Go USA, 662-3387 or 800-274-6872


  • Flag Size:  3 ft x 5 ft
  • Flag Design:  Your business logo, design & color
  • Flag Pole:  1-1/8 in dowel, 8 ft long, painted white
  • Flag to be completed by July 25th
  • If you do not have a rider to carry your flag, please let us know so we can help.  Please get a name, telephone number and address from your rider for reference purposes.
  • While riding in the arena the PRCA requires the attire to be a long-sleeved western shirt, western jeans, western hat or helmet and western boots.

  • Parade of Flags: Riders Letter 2019

    Hello Riders!

    In 2019, Omak Stampede will be celebrating its 86th Anniversary! It is time again to prepare for the Omak Stampede and Suicide Race and the great “Parade of Flags Grand Entry”. We are hoping you will ride this year.

    It is your responsibility to contact the business that you have worked with in the past to make arrangements for this year. We need to know if the business you rode for last year helped you with the expenses such as your attire and gas. If they did not, please let us know. We will contact them so they will support the rider this year! We suggest to them that they pay you at least $150.00. In addition, all businesses will be required to pay their riders directly. These funds cannot be processed through our office. 

    If you know of anyone who would like to participate in the Parade of Flags program, please have them call us. We feel this is a great honor for all horsewomen & horsemen.

    Friday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night so please wear a pink shirt. This night is representative of breast cancer awareness and Omak Stampede, Inc. donates $1.00 per ticket sold to the cancer society.

    Please call Amanda at (509) 429-5677 or Dan at (509) 679-2000, or the Stampede Office at (509) 826-1983.Practices are scheduled on: Thurs., July 25th at 7:00pm; Sunday, July 28that 11:00am; Thursday, August 1st at 7:00pm; and Sunday, August 4th at 11:00am.

    In Western Friendship,

    Dan Salkawske
    Amanda Knowles
    Grand Entry Directors

     For more information, please call The Stampede Office at (509) 826-1983.

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    2019 Ride-In

    On Thursday morning, B & D Ranch cordially invites you and your horse to participate in the Omak Stampede Ride In. The Ride In begins at the Okanogan county Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. The ride is from the fairgrounds south to Highway 20, across the bridge, north through Okanogan to Omak and across the bridge in Omak to the Stampede arena. There will be a rest stop at the Eagles in Okanogan for complimentary refreshments for both riders and horses.
    Registration for the Ride In will be from 6 to 8 a.m. the morning of the ride at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds main gate. Souvenir T-shirts will be available.

    Ride-In Schedule:

    • 6 – 8 a.m. – Register for Ride In
    • 8:30 a.m. – Commence Ride In
    • 10:00 a.m. – Refreshment break
    • 11:30 a.m. Arrive at Stampede grounds

    Safety and Etiquette:

    • All riders must register prior to the ride
    • One rider per horse
    • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
    • No dogs or stallions allowed in Ride In
    • All horses known to be kickers must have red ribbon tied on tail
    • Please try to keep one horse length space between you and the horse in front
    • For safety reasons, do not cross over the center line during ride
    • Unless directed otherwise all riders should walk their horses during the Ride In, including the dike and the arena. If you must pass another rider, let the other rider know you are passing and pass on their LEFT side.
    • When arriving at the Stampede grounds, keep your horse at a walk on the dike and into the Stampede arena. Make one (1) lap at a walk around the arena and then exit, also at a walk
    • Have a safe and enjoyable ride

     For more information, please call The Stampede Office at (509) 826-1983.

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    Grand Parade

    The 86th Annual Omak Stampede will be held August 8-11, 2019.  The Omak Stampede was born in 1933 and since that time, the Omak Stampede, with the promotion of the Suicide Race, has generated world-wide attention and acclaim.

    We are pleased to announce that the Omak Chamber of Commerce will once again be organizing the Grand Parade.  Omak Stampede will continue to mail and receive applications.  The Grand Parade will continue with its’ annual Sunday morning schedule.  

    You are also welcome to join us for the 2019 Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race.  We have four performances of PRCA Rodeo followed by the running of the Suicide Race.

    Saturday, August 11, at 12:00 p.m., there will be a Queen’s Luncheon.  All royalty, Queen’s and Princesses, (floats, cars, and horseback) are invited to attend. Please fill out both pages of this form if you are royalty.  

    So…whether you are in a float, with a band, riding, or marching or would just like to dress up and participate, please complete the enclosed application forms and return them to the Omak Stampede Office, 421 Stampede Dr E, Omak, WA  98841, NO LATER THAN JULY 25th.   Upon receipt of your application you will receive all necessary information (ie: parade rules and map).  

    This year’s celebration promises to be a super spectacular show – One you shouldn’t miss!!! We look forward to seeing you in August!

    To make corrections or be removed from this mailing list, please contact:

    509-826-1002 or 800-933-6625 or email

    Omak Chamber of Commerce
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    Grand Parade: Response Letter 2019

    Dear Parade Friends,

    Thank you for your parade application and welcome to the Annual Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race!! We are really glad you will be joining us for this year’s Grand Parade, on Sunday, August 11, 2019, and we assure you that Omak’s hospitality is the best!!

    We are pleased to announce that the Omak Chamber of Commerce will once again be organizing the Grand Parade. Omak Stampede will continue to mail and receive applications. The Grand Parade will continue with its’ annual Sunday morning schedule. Enclosed, you will find a detailed map of the area with the parade route, parade rules, and a schedule of events for Stampede weekend. If you are interested in any of the other events listed, please feel free to call the Stampede Office for more information and rodeo tickets. The staging area and check in for the parade is located at Ferrellgas, 534 Okoma Drive. Upon arrival, please check in and a staging number will be assigned to you at that time. If you have a horse trailer with horses, you will need to park on Sixth and Jasmine. There will be someone at check-in to direct you. Floats – line up on 6 Street with overnight parking

    Horses – line up on Fir to Ridge Street All other entrants are lined up on Okoma Drive

    We are looking forward to seeing you and sincerely thank you for choosing to participate in the OMAK STAMPEDE GRAND PARADE!!

    In Western Friendship,
    Omak Chamber of Commerce

    Davis Shows Carnival

    60 Years of Quality Family Entertainment

    Owned and operated by Pat and Geraldine Davis, Davis Shows NW, Inc., is a family oriented traveling carnival.  Pat’s parents, Mannie & Melba Davis opened Davis Amusement Company back in 1950 and passed on the family tradition of providing quality rides and games in a carnival atmosphere to their children.

    At Davis Shows NW, we take great pride in providing safe family oriented rides, games, and quality food concessions throughout the season.  As a traveling amusement company, we are able to offer our family friendly carnival experience at fair grounds, shopping centers, and other prime locations in the Pacific Northwest.

    Every year from March through September we bring our show to multiple destinations all over Washington and Oregon. We also service some locations in Nevada and Idaho.

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