Hundreds attend Holiday Topper

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The North State’s cattle ranchers and supporters of the beef industry gathered at the Colusa County Fairgrounds on Saturday to celebrate their biggest night.

Hundreds attended the prime-rib dinner, known as the “Holiday Topper,” hosted by the Glenn-Colusa Cattlemen and Cattlewomen Associations.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,” said Geoff Biddle, Cattlemen’s president. “It supports the scholarships and donations we make throughout the year.”

The organizations annually provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Colusa or Glenn County high schools, who are planning to further their education in an agriculture-related field, preferably with an emphasis on beef production or promotion.

Hundreds attended the popular dinner, catered by David Reaume’s Cow Camp Grill & Seasoning Co., followed by dancing to the Jim Dunlap band.

Both cattle associations are also gearing up for the 20th annual Western Days, which will be held March 31-April 2 in Colusa.

The three-day event which includes a cattle drive and parade, western trade show, roping events, and cook-offs is a team effort between the Glenn Colusa Cattlemen, Glenn-Colusa Cattlewomen, Colusa County Sherriff’s Posse and the Colusa County Horsemen’s Association, which make up the Colusa Western Days Committee.

Emmet Pennebaker, chairman, said several new activities are being added to the line-up of events in honor of the 20th anniversary of the event, and as a way to inspire more participation from the public.

“Sometimes is good to make changes,” Pennebaker said. “It’s nice to have something different.”

Western Days commemorates the area’s heritage and culture, and embraces the western lifestyle with authentic celebrations.

The Colusa Western Days Parade consists of a cattle drive featuring Cotton Rosser’s longhorn cattle, horse drawn wagons, mounted groups, floats, and individuals.

New to Western Days this year are the Friday night kids activities, which will allow youth of all ages to become buckaroos by participating in events like goat ribbon-pulling, boot races, and obstacle courses.

Competitions will be divided between three age groups, and prizes will be awarded, Pennebaker said.

The new Kid’s Night replaces the Friday night celebrity penning event.

Western Days is also adding cow dog trials, which will be held in the grandstands both Saturday and Sunday during the three-day event.

The Tap Room’s Brewfest and the Cattlewomen’s chili cook-off will replace the Chamber of Commerce’s Dutch oven cook-off on April 1.

The Brewfest will continue April 2 with the Cattlewomen’s annual barbecue rib cook-off, and includes the tasting of fine, craft beer provided by the Tap Room in Colusa.

Other Western Days events include junior and senior calf sorting, team penning, several ranch sorting events, Western Trade Show, Stonyford Rodeo Queen contest, and Family Fair.

For more information on events, entry forms, stall and RV registration, visit www.colusawesterndays.org.