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Mark Your Calendar for the Stonyford Rodeo

horsemen flag 4x6Submitted By: Roy Stewart

The 72nd outing of the Stonyford Rodeo will be May 2 and 3, 2015. This year it will be better than ever. Our Specialty Act is new to our rodeo. The Daredevil Sweethearts– beautiful trick-riding ladies–will open the rodeo and are sure to thrill the crowd with their awesome horseback-riding stunts. The Rodeo Clown and Barrelman will be Clint “Wolfey” Selvester. Wolfey and Announcer Don Jesser are sure to keep you entertained with their jokes and skits that go on continuously throughout the three-plus hours of great rodeo action.

The rodeo is a two-day PRCA event that brings professional cowboys from around the nation to compete for prizes in bareback and saddle-bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding. Amateur cowboys and cowgirls also compete in barrel racing, numbered team roping, steer and bull riding. And there is also mutton busting for the littlest rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.

Stonyford put on its first rodeo, an amateur outing, in 1939. It proved to be so popular that the Stony Creek Horsemen’s Association was formed in 1943 to manage it as an annual affair. In 1945, it took on a professional tone when it came under the auspices of the California Cowboy Association (CCA). It became a PRCA event in 1976.

Even though Stonyford is a small town, its rodeo weekend offers big-town fun. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a barrel race at 5 p.m. On Saturday the day begins with breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., then moves on to a charming small-town parade at 10 a.m. The rodeo begins at 1 p.m. and runs from 3 to 3 ½ hours. Later in the evening, there is dancing at the Timberline Bar and Restaurant. It all starts again on Sunday with breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., Sunday services at either of our two churches: The non-denominational Stonyford Community Church or the Indian Valley Assembly of God Church. The rodeo starts at noon.

Stonyford is too small to have its own commercial lodging; however, it has three great camping areas. The most popular is located directly behind and within walking distance to the rodeo arena. The second in popularity is along the shoreline of the East Park Reservoir. The Stonyford end of the reservoir is located two miles from the rodeo arena and offers many delightful camping spots. The third camping area is on the other side of the reservoir, at the Lodoga end. This is about an eight-mile drive from the arena; however, the camping sites are plentiful. But, if camping is not your style, there are nice motels located in Willows and Williams, both about 40-miles distant. Come on out and join the fun.

New for this year, tickets are general admission (no assigned seating). Seating is first-come, first-serve. So, you will need to get to the arena early to get the seats that you want.

Tickets are now available on the rodeo website (www.stonycreekhorsemen.org). They can also be purchased at several area businesses, and at the gate. Advanced adult ticket price is $10 (online and area businesses), gate price is $15. Buy your tickets early and save $5. Please visit our website to stay current on rodeo happenings.

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