‘Biggest Little Rodeo in the West’ celebrates 69th year in Springville

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SPRINGVILLE – “The Biggest Little Rodeo in the West” returns to the foothills April 27-29 for the 69th annual Springville Sierra Rodeo.

Since its inception, the Springville Rodeo has been on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit. Being sanctioned by the PRCA means winners in Springville could go on to compete for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held annually in Las Vegas. Professional cowboys will compete in calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding and bull riding.

Whiplash the Monkey will entertain fans at the Springville Rodeo. Submitted photo.

Whiplash the Monkey will entertain fans at the Springville Rodeo. Submitted photo.

Special guests include grand marshals Dave and Sue DeRose, Sequoia Ranch; five-time California circuit Finals Bullfighter Donny Castle; The world’s smallest cowboy and 3-time Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the Year, Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey; Dakota Drummond at the Friday night Coronation Dance; and the Midnight Wine country music band at the Saturday night dance.

Former Woodlake High School ag teacher Dave DeRose is a rancher at Sequoia Ranch and a longtime member of the Springville Lions Club. Longtime Springville Elementary educator Sue founded the Springville Junior Women’s Club in 1979, now known as Springville Women’s Club.

Parking at the Rodeo Grounds is free. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 years and younger and all U.S. military. For tickets or more information, visit www.springvillerodeo.com.


EVENTS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 27
7:00 p.m.    Barrels & Bulls
7:00 p.m.    Motorcycle Barrel Race
9:00 p.m.    Queen Coronation Dance w/Dakota Drummond

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
7:00 a.m.    Back Country Horseman Breakfast
10:00 a.m.  Chicks ‘n’ Chaps
2:00 p.m.    Rodeo Parade Downtown
2–5 p.m.     Happy Hour at Rodeo
3:30 p.m.    Mutton Bustin’
5:00 p.m.    Hide Race
6:00 p.m.    PRCA Rodeo & Grand Entry
9:00 p.m.    Rodeo Dance w/ Midnight Wine

SUNDAY, APRIL 29
7:00 a.m.    Back Country Horseman Breakfast
10:00 a.m.  Cowboy Church Service
12–2 p.m.   Happy Hour at Rodeo
12:30 p.m.  Mutton Bustin’
1:00 p.m.    Special Events
2:00 p.m.   PRCA Rodeo & Grand Entry

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