Maxwell Rodeo wraps up 88th year



The Maxwell Rodeo events went off without a hitch.

About a thousand people enjoyed the Maxwell Rodeo Parade, a highlight of the event, and several hundred people enjoyed the car show, rodeo events, and other activities, organizers said.

“The Air Force Jazz Band was terrific,” said Rodeo Advisor Kyle Miller. “We are going to have them back for the parade next year.”

Karen’s House won first place and $75 for their community float; Pink Panther’s won first place and $75 for Little League Float; and Glenn Colusa Cattlewomen won first place and $75 for the Beauty Float.

Tanner Vierra won Best of Show in the art show, and Mireya Ocampo earned the title Most Accomplished Artist.

Dylan Jones won the adult bench press competition; Brenden Garcia won first in endurance and first in the age 16-19 division; Alma Ruiz won the competition for females.
There were 101 entries in the rodeo this year, which included cowhide racing, goat tying, team roping and other events, organizers said.

Rodeo Queen Sara Fleming won the bull riding competition; Jimmy Kromis took second place.

Calab Manhart won the Jim Dennis Memorial sheep riding competition.

About two dozen youngsters entered the frog-jumping contest, sponsored by the Maxwell Fire Department, who provides the reptiles for the competition.

“My frog was slimy,” said Joshua Bradfield, 3, of Oroville.

Brock Schaad’s frog made it the furthest in three jumps at 96 inches; Ally Dennis’ jumped 87 inches; and Landon Barrett’s jumped 86 inches.

Wilson, who organizes the “Biggest Little Car Show in the world,” said about 245 vehicles of all makes and models entered the show this year.

Jim Mallard’s 1937 Pontiac won Best of Show. Vicki Peter’s 1953 Chevy won the VIP award, and more than a dozen plaques and awards were given out for the classes and individual picks.

Victor Green of McKinleyville came the furthest from McKinleyville, with a distance of 250 miles.

Each year, Wilson tries to have a specialty vehicle enter the show, and it took him five years to get Ernie Farrington, of Lincoln, to bring the 1916 Maxwell jalopy that was used in the Jack Benny Show in the 1950.

“I’m glad I came this year,” Farrington said. “It’s a really good car show.”

Farrington, 89, was showing a 1935 Ford pickup in a car show when he learned the old Maxwell was up for sale in San Luis Obisbo County.

“At the age I am, Jack Benny was something,” Farrington said. “He was some clever guy.”

The vehicle, which showed Universal Studies as the original owner, was in pieces but had its original parts. Farrington purchased the car, and brought it back to Roseville to have it restored to showroom quality.

“I have about $100,000 in it,” he said.

Farrington trailers car to and from car shows, which includes a lifelike dummy of Benny in the backseat and his chauffeur “Rochester,” which was played on the show by actor Eddie Anderson, in the front seat.

Organizers said a lot of effort goes into the Maxwell High School Rodeo, which has run 88 years, and is the oldest continuously-running community event in Colusa County.

“I thought everything went very well,” Miller said. “I would like to thank the students and staff of Maxwell High School and Jr. High for their hard work; also Mary Wells, Kellie Wilson, Emmit Pennebaker, Randy Wilson and a handful of others that helped make this year’s rodeo a success. n

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