Are you looking for some great family fun? Come on out to Maxwell High School’s 86th Annual Rodeo on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
“I believe it’s the longest running event in Colusa County,” said event advisor, Kyle Miller.
Held at the High School in the small town in Maxwell, this event draws large crowds.
From the parade, horse show, classic car show and frog derby, there is something for everyone.
“We have people come from all around the state,” said car show advisor, Randy Wilson, “we had about 230 cars last year and hope to get more this year.”
Wilson commented that this year’s feature Car is a 1970’s Plymouth called the Pink Road Runner.
If you have a hot rod, a unique, or vintage car – put it on display during the Maxwell Rodeo Car Show. There is no entry fee. For information about the car show call (530) 438-2376.
There is still time to enter your parade float with your local service group, businesses, or stroll along showing your support for the Maxwell Rodeo.
The event starts at 9:45 AM and lasts about an hour.
“Last year we had 50 entries,” said Miller, “we hope to have just as many or more. We’re looking for school marching bands that would like to participate.”
For information about the parade contact Miller at (530) 491-1007.
HORSE SHOW & RODEO
The Horse Show begins at 11:00 AM at Maxwell High School. There is no admittance or entry fee.
“Entry is free, and every event winner will receive a buckle,” said rodeo advisor, Kristy Hill.
The horse show includes musical tires, keyhole race, snake stake race and much more.
The rodeo begins promptly at 1:00 PM where the Rodeo Queen will be announced during the grand entry.
“The Dare Devil Trick Riders will be performing during the Grand Entry,” said Hill.
Additionally, Hill commented that the Rodeo Arena has a new sound system.
“We are excited to have the new sound system, and everyone will no be able to hear the event,” she said.
Miller commented that Chase Brisby will once again serve as the master of ceremonies and will perform his special American Flag Tribute during the Grand Entry.
For information about the Rodeo call (530) 438-2425
Looking for something good to eat? The Chuckwagon will open at 11:30 AM serving up BBQ Tri-tip plates for $9, Hamburgers and hot dogs are available for $5. Each plate includes a green salad, beans, and beverage.
“The Chuckwagon is pretty popular,” said Miller, “We usually sell out pretty quickly.”
New this year at the Maxwell Rodeo is the opportunity to browse some great deals with local vendors.
“We will have spaces available for businesses to set up booths as long as they do not directly compete with the chuckwagon,” said Miller.
The vendor spaces are free and for more information call (530) 491-1007.
It’s a tradition; the Maxwell Fire Department heads out into the night in search of the largest bullfrogs for the annual Frog Derby.
“There are frog jumping contest and some other fun activities,” said Miller.
RODEO DINNER & DANCE
As the day comes to an end, the Maxwell Parks and Recreations District will be hosting a Dinner and Dance.
Held at the American Legion Hall in downtown Maxwell, a delicious Carnitas Dinner will be served with Rice and Beans from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
“Dinner tickets are $15 and available at Kim’s Deli, AgriSource, Maxwell Chevron, Cy Hawkins Insurance, and at the Little League field,” said Miller.
After dinner is served, The FBR Band will rock the house with a dance starting at 9:00 PM.
“There is a cover charge of $10 for the dance, and you must be 21 and over to attend,” said Miller.
For more information about the dance or to reserve your ticket call (530) 491-1007.
Miller commented that the rodeo was one of the few events ran by high school students and its community.
“The adults play a big part in the event, but it is the students, that make it happen,” he said, “we would also like to thank all of our volunteers, we couldn’t do it without them.”
For more information visit www.maxwellrodeo.com
The Grand Marshal of the 2016 Maxwell High School Rodeo Parade is no stranger to thousands of students who attended Maxwell schools the past four decades.
Gloria Arnett, 75, came to Sites with her husband Richard in 1963, where they raised cattle and dry-farmed grain. They moved to Maxwell in 1967, and raised three sons, James, Stephen and Roger. The Arnett’s have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Gloria started working as a teacher’s assistant at Maxwell Elementary School in 1971, but touched the lives of students in many other ways. She did yard duty, helped cover the front office, helped automate the library, served food in the cafeteria, worked with English Language Learners, and organized Book Fairs.
“Maxwell is the home of great possibilities and the High School Rodeo is an example of coming together,” Gloria said. “Look around and you will see young and old, patriotism and pride in our town, generations of families, veterans, kids riding bikes, all proud to live in Maxwell.”
Gloria retired from the school district in 2010. She’s an active member of the Maxwell Methodist Church and enjoys quilting, especially making baby quilts.
She watched countless students grown into adulthood, going off to college, joining the military, becoming farmers and other occupations, and has always believed Maxwell students can go anywhere they want, especially with a book in their hands.
Donnie Manson, a junior, is the son of Dennis and Donna Wilson. Donnie is actively involved in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Some of Donnie’s activities include, FFA and FBLA and working at home. Donnie’s thoughts on rodeo: “Rodeo is a great time to bring the town together and attract people to our town.”
Wyatt Perry, a junior, is the son of Diana and Brett Perry. Wyatt is involved in the Maxwell FFA, where he is the Chaplain. He also plays baseball, basketball and football. Wyatt’s interest are playing sports, hunting with his friends and family and working. Wyatt’s thoughts on rodeo:” It is a good time and is great for the community.”
Nilah Pearson, a senior, is the daughter of Doris and Robert Pearson. Nilah is involved in FFA, FBLA, ASB, and Book Club. She also plays Volleyball, Softball, and Basketball. Nilah’s thoughts on rodeo is, “that it is a great time for friends and family to gather together to celebrate one of Maxwell’s oldest traditions.”
Molly Dunlap, a senior, is the daughter of Jim and Julie Dunlap. She is involved in the Maxwell FFA. She also plays volleyball, basketball and softball. Molly’s interests include sports, equine and working with her steer. Molly’s thoughts on rodeo: “ Rodeo is a great time for the community to get together and partake in one of our towns oldest traditions.”