Lifetime Colusa County resident Jeannette Dennis has been named Grand Marshal of the 2018 Maxwell High School Rodeo.
Dennis is a name almost synonymous with the annual event, and Jeannette knows the rodeo like few others. As an accomplished rider, the Williams native not only grew up participating in the Maxwell Rodeo, but also watched her father, Dale Scebold, rope and ride in the rodeo as well.
“It really has been a family event,” Jeannette said.
Jeannette graduated from Williams High School in 1959. In 1961, she married Maxwell farmer Jim Dennis (1935-2006), who also had long ties to the Maxwell Rodeo. Jim served as Chairman of the rodeo while attending Maxwell High School, and later served as the Grand Marshal.
For many years, the Dennis family remained active in the rodeo: their daughter was Rodeo Queen; their two grandsons were rodeo chairmen, and their granddaughter was Rodeo Princess. The couple also provided sheep from their personal stock for events that for decades delighted the children and residents of Colusa County and beyond – a tradition Jeannette continued for a number of years after Jim’s passing.
Today, the Dennis grandchildren continue to participate in the rodeo, and the family will cheer their matriarch on as she leads the 88th annual Maxwell Rodeo Parade on May 19.
“The rodeo is a great event,” Jeannette said. “It brings the community together, and it shows community pride.”
The Maxwell Rodeo Parade kicks off at 9:45 AM, in downtown Maxwell. Rodeo grand entry is 1 PM. ■