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Greetings Downtown Partners-

The dust is settling as we take a pause and reflect on this 100-year rodeo celebration. We met and heard from so many visitors that praised our city for the top shelf welcome and creating a space to celebrate and make memories here in Ellensburg.

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Welcome to Ellensburg!

Welcome to Ellensburg!

Special Thanks to the EDA's Outreach Committee

and Sophie Wagner Productions.

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Volunteers Are The

Heart of Our Downtown

EDA Volunteer Highlights

A special thank you goes out to our generous volunteers whose invaluable contributions made the annual Hoedown in the Downtown possible. Your support and belief in our mission are greatly appreciated. Your contributions have helped create cherished memories for our community, and we are truly thankful for your partnership.

Follow the links to learn more about becoming a volunteer or joining a committee

Community Wide Debut

Ellensburg Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 

The Ellensburg Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows has recently undertaken an impressive $450,000 renovation project, restoring its historic building to its former glory. Now, the Lodge proudly offers two exquisite spaces available for rent, perfect for hosting meetings and events.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to David Sturgell, the I.O.O.F Treasurer, for generously allowing us to explore and experience this historic building firsthand. Whether you're planning a corporate meeting or a special occasion, these newly revamped spaces are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. Don't miss the opportunity to book your next gathering in this remarkable setting!

Please see their full press release HERE...

Learn more about the I.O.O.F. HERE...

See your business featured in Ellensburg!

Interested in sponsoring an event? Click for a list of EDA Sponsorship opportunities. Contact Teresa Chanes to get involved!

Have you registered your business to receive your 75% tax credit for 2024?

Thank you to all of the businesses who have chosen to keep their B&O tax dollars local by pledging to the Ellensburg Downtown Association. In return, these businesses will be receiving a 75% tax credit for 2023.

Ellensburg has the opportunity to secure $213,333.33 for 2023. By choosing to keep your tax dollars local, you are investing in the advocacy and community programming the EDA provides through the funding of this tax credit program. For more information on this program please follow the link here or contact [email protected].

Learn More: Keep Your Tax Dollars Local

On Point with the Chamber

EDA Events

Events brought to you by the Ellensburg Downtown Association

Event Recap:

Hoedown in the Downtown- August 30th

Ellensburg's historic downtown was abuzz with excitement as the community united to commemorate a historic year in rodeo history. Pearl Street and Rotary Pavilion were bustling as we launched the centennial celebrations with the unforgettable Hoedown in the Downtown. The festivities kicked off with the presence of Ellensburg Rodeo Royalty Queen Alexis Andrews, and lively country-western dance lessons courtesy of The Studio by Ellensburg Dance Ensemble. The evening came alive with electrifying live performances by local favorites Abbigale and The Dusty 45's. Attendees savored delicious bites from beloved local vendors, enjoyed the festivities in the Generations of Ellensburg Beer Garden, and immersed themselves in our town's rich history. This centenary celebration truly embodied Ellensburg's enduring spirit, uniting generations and preserving cherished traditions.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to our generous sponsors whose support made the Hoedown a resounding success. Your partnership and belief in our community have helped create lasting memories for everyone in Ellensburg.

Thank you for making this celebration possible

✨ Generations of Ellensburg

✨ Whipsaw Brewing 

✨ Gard Vintners 

✨ Club 301 

✨ Yakima Federal Savings and Loan 

✨ Central Washington University 

✨ Ellensburg Rodeo 2023 

✨ Puget Sound Energy 

✨ T-Mobile 

✨ M2 Industrial

✨ Waste Management

✨ Kittitas Valley Healthcare 

✨ Ken Rusch - Century 21 Center Point 

Upcoming Events:

Historic Pub Crawl

10/27/23 . 5-7:30 PM

At the crossroads of mystery, murder, mayhem and more, lies the heart of downtown Ellensburg. Tickets will be available for purchase soon! Reach out to the Kittitas County Historical Museum with additional questions.

Buskers in the Burg

9/30/23 . 10-1 PM

Click Here- Become a Busker!
Parade Registration

New This Year!

10am: Kids and Pets Circus themed parade featuring family friendly Blue Bear Puppet Lab giant puppets, Rodeo City Roller Derby and more!

Register here:

• Kids this is your chance to decorate your pets, bikes, wagons, scooters, skateboards in a circus theme and parade through Downtown Ellensburg from Ruby Street, through the Farmers Market to Rotary Pavilion.

• Register for the Parade by Noon, September 29th.

• The day-of registration for the parade begins at 9am. Registration table will be located at 4th and Ruby outside the old post office.

FINAL Ellensburg Night Market 9/20/23 . 5-9 PM

Week of Welcome-

Show your CWU Spirit!

The week of WOW is upon us! We are partnering with CWU and The Daily Record to provide an opportunity for you, our local businesses, to advertise the special deals you are offering as we welcome our new and returning students back to school. 


Action needed to see your business featured:

  • Click here and submit your student promotions- Deadline to participate is September 14th
  • Please make promotions available throughSeptember 30th if possible. 
  • The Daily Record is creating a Wildcat Welcome Book that will feature an Ellensburg Downtown Association page with a QR code marketing your business to students. 

Special thanks to Club 301, Kittitas Valley Hospital and CWU for sponsoring this Downtown Business marketing opportunity.  


Show your community spirit and enter our friendly scarecrow building competition between our downtown businesses and community partners.  

  • Get inspired and join in the fun to create and display a Scarecrow for their store front.
  • Community members will vote on their favorite scarecrows throughout the months of October and November.
  • Thank you to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho for assembling our scarecrow kits!

Register to receive your FREE scarecrow kit here. Kits are limited so register today!

 Thank you to Knudson Lumber for donating the supplies. Thank you to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho for creating the kits for our downtown partners!

Ellensburg CommUnity

Within Community we find Unity and the Ellensburg Downtown Association is proud to announce a city-wide campaign focused on bringing the community together.

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Do you have a community or event to share? Submit here

CommUnity Happenings this Summer:

If you're a downtown business and would like to see an event highlighted in our newsletter please email information HERE

Business Resources: Did you know?

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has free resources available for businesses in all stages of development.

In partnership with Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), and Washington State University, the SBDC is now providing advising services to businesses in Kittitas County on behalf of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the links above or the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce for more information!

Meet Kittitas County's New SBDC Representative-

Hope Tinney


Streaming Hometown to the World.

Join us in streaming ECR all day in your downtown businesses.

Ellensburg Community Radio

Brenda DeVore - Executive Director - [email protected]

Teresa Chanes - Community Engagement Specialist - [email protected]

Katie Holm - Events and Marketing Coordinator - [email protected]

Rachel Van Herpen- Night Market Coordinator- [email protected]

Our Mission:

"Empowering and preserving community by amplifying our economy and creating a sense of place for all"


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