Maxwell High School presented their 89th annual rodeo on Saturday amid Mother Nature’s angry weather.
The rain stayed at bay for the parade, which featured floats, classic cars, riding groups, and the ever-popular Maxwell Fire Department volunteers. But the royal court, high school students, staff members, and volunteers had their work cut out for them as a downpour dampened the fun at many rodeo events.
Grand Entry spectators were seen hiding out under umbrellas, canopies, and any type of shelter possible, as Queen Aubrianna Keeler and court made their appearance in the arena before the entry of Grand Marshal Marie Spooner.
“Regardless of the weather, this was an amazing experience for my first-ever Maxwell Rodeo,” said Rodeo Princess Reagan Spesert. “Being a part of the rodeo royalty and, overall, the community, I look forward to future rodeo participation.”
A plethora of participants had entered many different events last Saturday but less than half actually braved the rain and cold temperatures to compete for prizes and awards. The mystery scramble event was one of the few events held, which showcased 15 kids, ages seven and under, stomping through mud for the chance to catch a chicken, goat or small calf, for a shiny metal buckle.
Remaining events such as sheep dressing, cowhide race, steer riding, and pole bending all had to be canceled due to the stormy conditions.
“The rain got so bad people just went home,” said Maxwell High student Melissa Ramirez. “The concern for safety became an issue so we had no choice to cancel the remaining events.”
Of course, the sudden ending to the day long event could build even greater interest and participation in the Maxwell Rodeo in 2020.
“It will be our 90th rodeo,” said Kyle Miller, a member of the advisory committee. “It’s a big year and we are going to start planning it in September.”
The Maxwell Rodeo is the longest-running community event in Colusa County, organizers said. ■