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Cowlitz County Fair is a four-day annual event held each summer in late July or early August. It is, to date, the largest single event held on the Cowlitz County Exposition Center grounds.

The Cowlitz County Exposition Center is a multi-purpose facility, used for a broad spectrum of events. Located one hour noth of Portland, Oregon and two hours south of Seattle, Washington, it is the perfect location to hold a regional event, such as the Cowlitz County Fair.

The Cowlitz County Fair & Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo includes a Kids' Day Parade, Youth Market Sale, Demolition Derby, lots of great food and a thrilling, spine-tingling rodeo.

The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo originated as a PRCA rodeo in 1975 under the direction of rodeo committee members Mel Boultinghouse, Cal Christensen, Vern Eaton, Wayne Gossett, Bill Merz, George Moore, Les Nelson, and Jan Searing. The rodeo was originally called The Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo, but after Mount Saint Helens spewed its fire and thunder upon this area in 1980, committeeman George Moore suggested in 1981 that the rodeo’s name be changed to The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.

Since 1981, the rodeo has been known by this memorable name, which though was derived from a volcanic eruption, it also aptly denotes the thundering hooves and energy, which this rodeo brings to town.

When the rodeo began in 1975, it was held in a borrowed, portable arena that was erected just before the Cowlitz County Fair opened, and had to dismantle it after the fair ended. Today, it is held in a state of the art arena, which was entirely constructed by committee members.

Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360-577-3121


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