Penn Valley Rodeo is this weekend

13_barebackriderThe 56th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo will be held on May 17, 18, 19, behind the Fire Station on Spenceville Road at Penn Valley Drive.

Admission: Adult Tickets at the Gate $15– $5 Children 6 to 12-years-old/free under 6-years-old
$10 Advance Adult Tickets online at Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce 530 432-1802.

The 56th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo comes rip roarin’ into town for a weekend of exciting pro rodeo and family fun. Friday and Saturday rodeos feature hard-bucking horses and ornery bulls of the Four Star Rodeo Company, hardy cowboys and cowgirls of the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association, and professional rodeo announcer Don Jesser.

Gates open 5:00 p.m. on Friday, in time to enjoy tasty BBQ with hearty cowhand fixins’ and cold beverages before Grand Entry at 7:00 p.m. Expect plenty of clowning high-jinx along with bulls, broncs, steer wrestlers, ropers and barrel racers. Penn Valley’s own Gold Express Equestrian Drill Team performs precision horseback maneuvers, and the James Slack Band rocks the rodeo with country/western tunes for listening and dancing.

Saturday’s Rodeo Parade rolls onto Penn Valley Drive at 3:00 p.m. An array of horses, horse-drawn wagons, floats, marching groups, bands, and antique tractors travel the route from Western Gateway Park to the Rodeo Grounds. All are welcome to enter the parade; there’s no entry fee just contact the Chamber of Commerce, 530 432-1802, or show up at 2:00 p.m. in the staging area of the park. Join the fun, represent yourself or bring a chair and watch the parade under shady heritage oaks.

Saturday gates open at 3:00 p.m. with a petting zoo and bounce house among kid’s attractions. Free rodeo tickets were distributed May 1st to children in Nevada County elementary and middle schools. The Snack Shack offers soft drinks and treats and the Cook House opens at 4:00 p.m. for BBQ dinner. Grand Entry is at 5:00 p.m. A rider-less horse will represent this year’s Grand Marshall, Dale Baptie, a Board Member who passed away last summer and is being honored.

On Sunday at 10:00 a.m. the 1st Annual Community Rodeo Playday begins. Admission is free. This is a day of fun rodeo and gymkhana events for all ages. Arrive early to enter your favorite events at 8:30 a.m. or enter online at At 9:00 a.m. Cowboy Church on the Wells Fargo stage features old-time worship with Kip Holbrook and the Hale Family & Friends. Breakfast is available at the Old Firehouse from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Adult tickets for Friday and Saturday night are $15.00 at the gate. Children 6 to 12-years-old $5.00/ under 5-years are free. $10.00 Advance Adult tickets are available at: Pearson Feed, The Tack Room, Caleb’s Creamery, Plaza Tire, Crazy 4 Yogurt, Wildwood Barbers, and The Farm Store, in Penn Valley. Ridge Feed and Salon 174, and Grass Valley Feed in Grass Valley. 49er Feed and Hay Barn in Lake of the Pines. The Boot Barn in Yuba City, and Cotton’s Cowboy Corral in Marysville, Tri-Counties Bank branches and Chambers of Commerce in Penn Valley, Grass Valley and Nevada City. PayPal tickets online at: The Penn Valley Rodeo is sponsored by Bud Light, RAM Rodeo and Wells Fargo.

—Territorial Dispatch

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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