CCPRA rodeo will kick off Tulare County Fair

The Sun-Gazette

Sanctioned rodeo will feature timed and rough stock events with $500,000 in prize money, trick rope rider Tomás Garcilazo


TULARE COUNTY – Dozens of rodeo competitors and a trick rope rider will gallop together for the benefit of the Tulare County Fair. Hosted by the Tulare County Fair Foundation, the fair’s annual pre-fair rodeo is slated for Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. The California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association (CCPRA) sanctioned event will feature both timed and rough stock events. In addition to the rodeo competition, trick rope rider Tomás Garcilazo will perform. Four days later, on Sept. 12, the 2018 Tulare County Fair will open for its five-day run.

Pre-sale rodeo tickets are $10 with free parking for the rodeo at the fairgrounds. Rodeo tickets, plus fair time admission, unlimited ride wristbands and motorsports tickets are available at

“Competition at the rodeo will be fierce as it is the last rodeo before the California finals,” said Pamela Fyock, chief executive officer of the Tulare County Fair. “While the competitors are vying for prize money, the fair wins, too.” Fyock shared that proceeds from the fundraising event will be reinvested into the fairgrounds.

The Tulare County Fair Foundation is responsible for the vast amount of renewal and improvement projects the fair has been able to complete in the last five years. Most of the projects center on the livestock area to improve the facilities for 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) projects. 

The California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association is a leading rodeo organization in California. Its competitors come from all walks of life. They include teachers, bank executives, veterinarians, peace officers, students and ranchers. CCPRA rodeo contestants vie for about $500,000.00 in prize money throughout the year. The prize money comes from entry fees and added purses.

Trick rope rider Tomás Garcilazo is a native of Mexico City and currently a resident of southern California. He was introduced at an early age to his family heritage and tradition of “La Charrería,” which is a skill performed through the generations only by the Mexican Charro. Charros take extreme pride in their highly developed horsemanship and roping abilities. 

In addition to the pre-fair rodeo, another highlight of the Tulare County Fair is its free concert series. This year’s headliners are Sheila E. (Sept. 12); Clay Walker (Sept. 13); Con Funk Shun (Sept. 14); Queen Nation (Sept. 15) and Smash Mouth (Sept. 16).

The five-day fair opens on Sept. 12 and runs through Sept. 16, 2018. The annual celebration includes scrumptious food, celebrity entertainment, interactive children’s activities, hundreds of animals, a wildlife adventure, a thrilling carnival, exciting motorsports, a rodeo, an impressive Junior Livestock Auction and more. The Tulare County Fair has been a community tradition for more than a century. For more information visit

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