“Don’t be late, it’s going to be great, Maxwell Rodeo #88” is the theme of the 2018 Jr. Free Rodeo on May 19.
Maxwell Rodeo Queen Sarah Fleming and Chairman Timothy Kromis will reign over the daylong festivities at Maxwell High School, along with Princesses Aubrianna Keeler, Jillian Ober, and Kenzie Wilson.
The Maxwell Rodeo is the longest-running community event in Colusa County, and attracts people from across the region, organizers said.
Planning is currently underway for the annual event, which includes a 5k run, parade, car show, bench press competition, frog derby, art show, food, games and amateur rodeo.
While the Maxwell Rodeo brings back many of the same exciting events year after year, the Rodeo Planning Committee last week announced that a few changes are in store this year to make the rodeo even better than before.
The Planning Committee includes Ag Advisor Jerrod Meyers, Maxwell High School students and many adult members of the Colusa County community.
Bull riding will again take center stage with two divisions, but the planning committee hopes to spark more interest in the sport now that many of the students who participated last year have gone off to college.
The first division will be open to any high school student and novice adults (any age), as long as they are from Colusa County.
The second division, largely for excitement and show, will be an open invitational for amateur/semi-pro bull riders from outside Colusa County.
“I like it,” Committee member Mary Wells said at the planning meeting on March 6. “I think we should just put it out there to see if there is interest.”
The committee also lowered, at the request of parents, the participant requirement for cowhide riding. Entrants can this year be in the third grade (age 8). The upper limit will remain at 12th grade, and riders pulling the hides will continue to be experienced riders 18 years of age or older.
The youth calf scrambled has also changed, and will be introduced this year as a team event. Teams, comprised of two people, will work together to bring a haltered calf to the center of the arena in the fastest time. The winning duo will each earn a buckle. Prizes for top five will still be $5 and a sucker.
Events open to young children, such mutton bustin’ and mystery scramble, will be held following the 1 PM grand entry this year, and before the bull riding.
This is the first rodeo for Maxwell High School’s first-year FFA advisor, and Meyers said he’s been diving in to get things done.
The rodeo is a big undertaking, he said, and students will need to raise about $15,000 to host the event.
“The solicitation committee is out there now,” Meyers said.
Event forms will be available soon at Maxwell High School, 515 Oak St., or by calling Meyers at 458-2291.
Floats, riding groups, individuals, sports teams, decorated vehicles, and marching bands are encouraged to enter the parade. Vendors are welcome to set up at no charge, although donations are welcome. For more information, contact Kyle Miller at 845-7578.
For information on the “Best Little Free Car Show in the World,” contact Randy Wilson at 458-2376.
The next rodeo planning meeting will be at 6 PM on April 10. ■