Redneck Rodeo raises $100k

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After the FFA livestock shows at the Colusa County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, it was time for people to let it all hang out and have some fun at the Redneck Rodeo.

For the third year in a row, the Colusa County Fair Foundation’s annual fundraiser was held Wednesday before the opening of the Fair with a lighthearted theme. This year, locals embraced an unsophisticated attitude to the merriment of spectators.

Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit’s “Loco Loanerz” were the rodeo champions and raised the most money. Other teams competing were the Colusa County Firefighters’ “Dry Hose Fire Brigade,” Grow West “Dirt Doctors,” and Colusa County Farm Supply “Pest Pounders.”

In addition to raising money, the contests tested the agility and stomachs of the teams: siphoning gas from a large tank, cow pie pitching, catching squealing piglets, dressing ewes, roping iron steers, and milking a cow pretending to be a goat. The last cow bred from a Colusa County dairy, “Kimmy,” stood in for the goat at the last minute and lended an udder to the cause.

After the events, Master of Ceremonies Tim Gomes brought in over $4,500 by auctioning the custom made milking stools made from tractor seats donated by Emerald Farms.

Before Gomes announced the winners, a final donation from Emerald Farms was called out from the stands to bring the total raised to an even $100,000.

Allen Etchepare, president of Emerald Farms, rounded up the initial total raised, and gave credit to the “real workers” for the bulk of the fundraising.

“I find it amazing that this amount of money is gladly contributed by the people of Colusa County to support the Colusa County Fair, an event enjoyed by all,” Etchepare said.

Shiela Etchepare, Fair Foundation secretary, said the Foundation was happy to host an event on Wednesday evening, the night before the fair officially starts.

“It’s really fun and I think that kind of energy can be a positive; a good kickoff,” she said. ■