The Philomath Frolic and Rodeo has been voted “Best NPRA rodeo in the Northwest” eight times by NPRA!
The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo is held during the second full weekend of July with three Northwest Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeos, (NPRA), Lions Club breakfasts, Beef & Chicken Barbecues, The Grand Parade, Crafts booths, Food booths, Drill Team performances, Friday & Saturday Dance, Carnival Rides, Old Fashion Fiddle Jam, Musical Christian Cowboy Church Service, Kids Korner, and much more to make a fun-filled weekend.
The Philomath Frolic was started in 1953 with three couples dream of putting together a fun community event. In 1983, three brothers added their dream to the event and put the “Rodeo” in Philomath Frolic and Rodeo. Today, the Philomath community comes together every year on the 2nd full weekend of July for four full days of celebration that has become famous throughout the northwest. Click here to read more PF&R history.
Our membership has changed over the years, but the dedication today is just as great as it was back when it all started. The community has a lot to offer and it opens its doors early every summer to share the fun and hospitality with those who enter. Who are these people who volunteer so much time to organize and build up the Frolic & Rodeo? A bunch of cowboys? Hardly! In fact, very few of the people involved live on a farm or even own a horse. They are people, who feel good about contributing to the community and are dedicated to helping it grow. Click here for a Membership Application.
Although the arena and grounds were built to hold rodeos, the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo grounds are available for the community to use year round. Mary’s Peak Shrine Trek and Northwest Youth Rodeo Associations hold an annual event at the grounds each summer and the grounds host several graduation receptions, weddings, wedding receptions, class reunions, birthday parties, mule shows, private parties, horse shows, dog shows and many other events throughout the year.
The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo gives a portion of its profits back to the community each year in donations to youth organizations or projects that benefit the members of the community most in need. In years past donations have been made to: Crippled Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce, Philomath Christmas Decorations, Philomath Boy Scouts, Philomath Emergency Medical Treatment, Philomath Food Bank, Philomath Baby Bank, Philomath Youth Activities Club, Philomath Library, Benton County Museum, Philomath Swim Pool, Philomath Memorial Scholarship Fund, Community Easter Egg Hunt, and the Philomath Wrestling Team among others.
Come and join us for a good time!
Covered bleachers, handicapped accessible, and RV self contained parking.