Past the strip malls and subdivisions, the "old" Eagle, Idaho, is still visible, with its spacious tracts of open space, lazing horses and rustling cottonwood trees. That's the Eagle of the Eagle Rodeo, which "throws down" on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, at its new home, adjacent to the Avimor development—6 miles up the road from where it used to be.
Following 17 years nearer to the warm, beating heart of downtown Eagle, the Eagle Rodeo lost its lease in 2018. Without a place to stage the popular small-town rodeo, organizers scrambled, picking up the entire facility and moving it north—a monumental task chronicled in the new, locally produced documentary, Best Small Town Throwdown Rodeo, which will screen at the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, June 2.
Over nearly two decades, the Eagle Rodeo grew from a struggling community event to a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned competition attended by thousands from around the region. Last year, the rodeo hit a stage when it lost its original grounds, but quickly found a new spot, and Founder Tracy Baggerly, working with a corps of 60 volunteers, turned it from a patch of land to a full-blown arena for professional rodeo.
At the premier for Best Small Town Throwdown Rodeo, attendees can schmooze with the filmmakers and rodeo organizers before catching the show. The action starts at 4 p.m.. for VIP ticket holders, and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15-$50, and are available online.