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“90 Years of Bulls, Steers, and Cheers”

The Maxwell Fire Department’s “Stimulus Package” float was a huge hit with parade goers on Saturday.

The 90th annual Maxwell Rodeo last Saturday went off without a hitch. With no rodeo in two years, rained out in 2019 and Covid in 2020, this year’s rodeo was one for the books.

Hundreds of spectators once again poured onto the streets of Maxwell.

Kicking off the day, with 85 entries, was the annual parade. Parade watchers were entertained with little league floats, Stardust Dance dancers, a plethora of classic cars and trucks, and the final performance by the Maxwell Fire Department, with a presentation of their very own “Stimulus Package,” featuring Donald Trump and Joe Biden impersonators spewing MFD money and rolls of toilet paper.

The American Legion Auxiliary won first place for the Beauty Float and Best Overall Float. Stardust Dancers won first place for Community Float. Best Little League float was the Maxwell Mets. Cole and Brooke Rottweiler won first place for horse entry. Rob Torres of The Last Stand Jeep Brigade won best decorated vehicle. Best Classic Car was Jerry Polen’s black Thunderbird. Ben Kraemer won for best antique car, and Rueben Parra won for best modified vehicle.

Irene (Rocha) Felix served as the 90th Annual Grand Marshall. Felix was a 1960 Maxwell High School graduate and served as the 1957 Rodeo Queen. Born and raised in Maxwell, Felix has been married to her best friend, Tony Felix, for 56 years.

Felix is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, California Cattlewomen’s Association, Sacred Heart Sodality, and Northern California Forest Service Retirees.

Felix was escorted through Maxwell in George and Linda Corbin’s 1947 Lincoln Continental convertible.

Maxwell High School senior Shane Danley served as the 90th Rodeo Chairman and senior Kenzie Wilson served as this year’s Rodeo Queen.

Wilson is the daughter of Kellie Wilson and Robert Burt. She is involved in FFA and a member of the Stonycreek Horseman’s association.

“Maxwell Rodeo is a great opportunity for the community to interact with each other and watch a friendly competition,” stated Wilson.

The Royal court princesses were Madison Pearson and Paige Vierra.

Following parade festivities, rodeo seekers were treated to a horse show, art show, bench press, and the “Biggest Little Car Show ” hosted by Randy Wilson. This year’s show brought in over 360 classic and muscle cars, filling every inch of grass at Maxwell High School.

Show events kept spectators entertained. Boot races, mystery scrambles, pole bending and steer riding were among the events featured.

Allie Wills, a seventh grader who participated in the rodeo, said, “This was my first time and won’t be my last.”

Hunger wasn’t an issue for people at the rodeo this year, with food trucks from Tacos El Amigo and Smokin’ Ewe BBQ. The Maxwell Little League Shack and Maxwell’s Sophomore class dessert round-up and Fresh Kettle Corn didn’t disappoint either.

“We had an enormous amount of support,” said Tiessa Santana. “It was a very busy day and a smash event for our county.”

From Idaho, Julicia Adams found herself in awe of not only the car show but the main rodeo events as well.

“I came here just for the car show,” said Adams. “But I soon found myself glued to the arena for a great rodeo show.”

Organizers said everything ran smoothly and all the effort put forth by the students and volunteers was astounding.

The Maxwell Rodeo is the last known free rodeo in California. §

 

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