Claire McEwen, hopeful romantic.

A Little Rodeo Research

I’m starting to write a series about a small town rodeo so I really want to spend some time at rodeos this year. I haven’t been to a rodeo in ages!

Last summer I was determined to get to a rodeo but never actually made it to one. So this year, I’m getting organized.Today I made a list of all the rodeos within a few hours of where I live. If you’re a San Francisco Bay Area person, or you live in California’s Central Valley, this list can help you too.

Just double check the dates, because this might not all be completely accurate. Some rodeo websites haven’t been updated for 2018 so I had to take my best guess based on when the rodeo was held last year.

Here’s what I have… and though I won’t attend all, I’ll definitely be at several of them. Something fun to do, and good for my books too!

1/20 West Coast Barrel Racing Santa Rosa and Woodland
1/27 PBR Sacramento
3/30 Colusa Western Days Cattle Drive
4/14 – 4/15 Oakdale (near Modesto, “Cowboy Capital of the World”)
4/26 – 4/29 Clovis Rodeo (near Fresno)
4/29 – 4/30 Gold Country Rodeo, Auburn
5/11 – 5/13 Palm Springs Hot Rodeo (gay rodeo!)
5/12 7 pm, Bull and bronc riding, Dixon May Fair
5/12 – 5/13 Mother Lode Rodeo, Sonora
5/12 – 5/13 Woodlake Lions Club Rodeo, Woodlake (Tulare County)
5/19 – 5/20 Rowell Ranch Rodeo, Hayward (who knew?)
6/9 – 6/10 Livermore Rodeo
6/11 Laytonville Rodeo (talk about small town!)
6/16 – 6/17? CA High School Rodeo finals, Bishop CA
6/16 – 6/17 Garberville Rodeo
6/22 – 6/24 San Benito County Horse Show and Rodeo, Tres Pinos
6/23 – 6/24 Russian River Rodeo
6/23/ – 6/24 Alameda County Fair Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Pleasanton, check dates
7/3 F olsom Pro Rodeo, Folsom CA
7/18 PBR Salinas (7/13, Blake Shelton playing, just saying…)
7/20 – 7/23 Salinas Rodeo
7/26 – 7/29 Amador County Fair and Rodeo, Plymouth
7/29-7/30 CA MidState Fair Rodeo Paso Robles
8/3 Yuba-Sutter Fair Rodeo
8/4? PRCA Rodeo, Sonoma County Fair
8/18 – 8/29 Nor Cal Junior Rodeo, Oakdale
8/9 – 8/10 Nevada County Fair and Rodeo, Grass Valley, CA, Flying U Extreme Rodeo
8/25 – 8/26 Truckee Pro Rodeo
First Saturday in September? Tri County State Fair Rodeo, Bishop, CA
9/1 – 9/2 Monterey County Fair Bull Riding
9/3 Monterey County Fair Fiesta del Charro
9/9 – 9/10 Squaw Valley Mountain Rodeo
9/8 – 9/9 Nor Cal Junior Rodeo Finals, Oakdale
9/22 – 9/23 Kern County Fair Extreme Rodeo
9/29 – 9/30 Kern County Fair PRCA Rodeo
10/13 – 10/14 Grand National Rodeo
10/20 – 10/21 Grand National Rodeo

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