GETTING THERE: From downtown Washington, it's about 117 miles to the Cowtown in Pilesgrove, N.J., just west of Woodstown. Take I-95 north and cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Take either Exit 1 off the New Jersey Turnpike or Exit 4 off Route 295. Follow Route 40 for eight miles, and look for the three-story cowboy.

BEING THERE: The Cowtown Rodeo (856-769-3200, www.cowtownrodeo.com) runs every Saturday night at 7:30 from late May until Sept. 25 this year. Most people get there at least half an hour early. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 3 to 12 (2 and under are free).

STAYING THERE: Cowtown can be done as a day trip, with about four hours of driving round trip. But if you prefer to stay overnight, there are several chain hotels in Carneys Point, just off Exit 1 of the New Jersey Turnpike. The newest of the hotels is the Comfort Inn (634 Soders Rd., 877-424-6423, www.comfortinn.com), which opened in April 2003. Rates range from $75 to $135 (for rooms with a Jacuzzi), and continental breakfast is included. Other hotels include Holiday Inn Express (506 Pennsville-Auburn Rd., 866-655-4669, www.ichotelsgroup.com), starting at $100 a night, and also in Carneys Point, and Hampton Inn (429 N. Broadway, Pennsville, 800-HAMPTON, hamptoninn.hilton.com), starting at about $100.

EATING THERE: It's hard to walk three feet at the rodeo without seeing some type of food for sale. Stands sell hot dogs, chili dogs, french fries, cheese fries, roasted peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, ice cream, candy apples and deep-fried Oreos -- all under $5. Vegetarians, dieters and health-food nuts may want to bring their own food or stop at the Subway at the truck stop off Exit 1. Alcohol cannot be purchased at the event but can be brought into the arena.

INFO: Delaware River Region Tourism Council, 856-757-9400, www.visitsouthjersey.com.