Truckee Rodeo brings star cowboys to town
Dust the dirt off those cowboy boots, shimmy into that favorite pair of well-worn Wranglers and brush up on the dance steps to the Boot Scootin Boogie because the Truckee Rodeo is comin to town.The Truckee Rodeo kicks off with Western Week on Sunday, Aug. 6 and continues with scheduled events all week long. There will be entertainment for all ages through Aug. 13 at McIver Arena at Truckee River Regional Park. Truckee police officer Arnie Lopez will act as Grand Marshal for the rodeo festivities. He was awarded 2006 Police Officer of the Year. Lopez grew up in Truckee and said hes glad his career brought him back to the place where his family lives. Lopezs involvement as a mentor to high school students has made him well-known around campus, with the kids voting for him as Grand Marshal, he said. Lopez said his wife owns a horse so hes somewhat familiar with the cowboy scene.I actually like riding horses, Lopez said.He said his duties as Grand Marshal will begin on Aug. 6 as a judge in crowning this years rodeo queen. Several of the weeks activities will help raise money for different groups. Mondays golf tournament at Ponderosa Golf Club is for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, an organization that aids injured cowboys, said Vicki Charles, rodeo chairman.They dont have normal jobs, Charles said. Its helped a lot of cowboys and their families.On Sunday, Aug. 13 the rodeo challenges cowboys and cowgirls with Tough Enough to Wear Pink day. Anyone wearing the rosy color at the rodeo will automatically be entered into a prize raffle intended to benefit breast cancer research.Its mostly to promote awareness, Charles said.
This years star line-up of performers is causing a lot of anticipation and excitement. On Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at McIver Arena an evening of cowboy poetry and music brings Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist Don Edwards, cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, and yodeler/accordian player Sourdough Slim.The cowboy poetry tells stories that will make you laugh and make you cry, Charles said.Charles said shes been fielding phone calls from country music fans from the North Shore telling her, I cant believe theyre coming.Local performers Fiddlin Jenni, Sierry Pete Charles, and Dan Seaborg will also be on hand to keep the music going into the night. Tickets cost $20, a small price to pay for the star-packed stage of performers, Charles said.Saturdays afternoon schedule starts with Mutton Bustin for children between the ages of four to eight. For $35, the kids get the opportunity to practice their riding skills on sheep as future cowboys and cowgirls, and a chance to win a Mutton Bustin belt buckle.They all have helmets and they hold onto the wool, Charles said in describing the popular kids activity.Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the rodeo this year, with people traveling from as far away as Germany and Vermont.The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Truckee Championship Rodeo is at 4 p.m. with approximately 150 cowboys participating, Charles said. The One-Armed Bandit will perform, followed by a barbecue dinner and Dancin in the Dirt with live music by Ridin High around 7 p.m. It takes about one dance before the dance floor is packed, Charles said.She said its best to get tickets in advance because tickets for the dinner and dance sell fast.
Rodeo tickets can be purchased at Best Western Tahoe Truckee Inn, the Web site, http://www.truckeerodeo.com, and the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.
Aug. 6 The Miss Truckee Rodeo Queen and Junior Queen competition will be held at McIver arena at Truckee River Regional Park at 1 p.m. followed by dinner at OBs Pub & Restaurant.Aug. 7 The golf tournament at Ponderosa Golf Club will start at 9:30 a.m. Registration costs $55 per person, includes green fees and food and beverages, and the proceeds will benefit the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The open jackpot barrel race at the arena starts at 5 p.m.Aug. 8 Gates open at 6 p.m. for the Cowboy Poetry & Music performance starting at 7 p.m. Cowboy stars: Grammy-nominated Don Edwards, poet Waddie Mitchell, comedian/yodeler/ accordian player Sourdough Slim will headline the show. Also features local artists: Fiddlin Jenni, Sierry Pete Charles, and Dan Seaborg. Tickets cost $20.Aug. 9 Concert in the Park at the amphitheater brings the sounds of August 10 Kids Day at the rodeo begins at 10 a.m. with ice cream, clowns, bull-fighters to provide fun-filled activities.Aug. 11 The rodeo sponsors will participate in team penning at the arena at 5 p.m. followed by dinner. Dinner costs $25.Aug. 12 Mutton Bustin for kids ages 4-8 costs $35 and includes a T-shirt, rodeo ticket, and patch starts at 3 p.m. limited to 25 kids, with the Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen providing entertainment. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Truckee Championship Rodeo is at 4 p.m. at the arena. General admission tickets are $10 and kids 5 and under are free. The rodeo is followed by a barbecue and Dancin in the Dirt at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Junior Horsemen. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and $5 tickets are available at the door for just the dance.Aug. 13 The theme Tough Enough to Wear Pink asks rodeo-goers to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and research. Cowboy church led by Scotty Brown starts at 10 a.m. More Mutton Bustin for kids and the Junior Horsemen perform at noon. The PRCA rodeo is at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information check out, http://www.truckeerodeo.com.
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