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Rodeo returns to Maxwell on Saturday

The Maxwell High School Rodeo will get underway on Saturday as the longest-running community event in Colusa County.

Maxwell Rodeo Queen Aubrianna Keeler and Grand Marshal Marie Spooner will reign over the 2019 festivities, which begin with the 5K Bull Run at 8 AM in downtown Maxwell.

About 1,500 people are expected to line the streets when the annual Rodeo Parade kicks off at 9:45 AM with dozens of entries, including the always-popular Maxwell Fire Department volunteers.

The “Best Little Free Car Show,” will get underway immediately after the parade. The show is open to all years and models and there is no entry fee, said organizer Randy Wilson. This full-featured event offers trophies, plaques, vendors, and a free raffle for show participants.

About 225 cars are expected and same-day registration is available. Saturday morning entries for the Bull Run and parade will also be accepted.

This year’s featured car is a real beauty and is one of two cars in the show that have made the cover of “Muscle Car Review” magazine.

If you haven’t seen Larry Snow’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird, it’s probably the most beautiful car in the western United States. It’s lime green paint notwithstanding, its hard-to-miss wing and extended nose cone makes this car a must see.

Muscle cars, like the 1969 Road Runner, antique cars, military vehicles, and many classic cars will also be in the show.

Rodeo activities typically last well into the late afternoon, organizers said.

In addition to the car show, the Horse Show and Art Show will begin around 11 AM. The Chuck Wagon will open at 11:30 AM for lunch, and various vendors will have merchandize and refreshments for sale.

The Frog Derby and Sonny Soto Memorial Bench Press Competition at noon, although weight lifters need to arrive early to register.

The rodeo grand entry will be at 1 PM with events for youth and adults. Games and prizes for kids will be available at the rodeo grounds.

Adult events include ranch roping and team roping. The rodeo will also include youth events like barrel racing, pole bending, saddle cow riding, cow riding, goat tying, and steer riding. Event for the younger cowboys and cowgirls include the cowhide race, sheep dressing, sheep riding, and calf scramble, About 26 children ages seven and under are entered in the mystery scramble. There are 17 kids ages eight to 11 entered in the same event, many who will also compete in the boot race. ■

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