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Saddle up for the Penn Valley Rodeo

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The 56th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo is scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19. The nonprofit event requires a large volunteer force of supporters who turn out each year to help make the event a success.

While the rodeo honors the heritage of the Old West, it offers a fundraising opportunity for community organizations, as well as funding two $1,000 annual scholarships to local high school students.

The Chamber of Commerce is producing the Rodeo Parade at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and sponsors an award for best rodeo-inspired decorations at Penn Valley businesses. The award for Best Decoration will be presented at the rodeo grounds during the Chamber of Commerce mixer May 16.

Ready Springs Elementary School PTA will offer cold drinks, treats and snacks at the Snack Shack during the rodeo to raise funds to support extracurricular activities and innovative programs for elementary and middle school students.

The 4-H Club will sell cold root beer floats to delight rodeo fans young and old. The booth supports 4-H clubs, which bring youth and adults together learning everyday skills and working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H'ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact on their community. 4-H helps youth build confidence and learn responsibility.

The Penn Valley Rodeo began in 1956 as community support for local firefighters; it continues to support and be supported by the community. The rodeo will take place behind the fire station on Spenceville Road at Penn Valley Drive.

Tickets for adults at the gate will be $15. Tickets for children 6 to 12 are $5 and those under 6 are free. Adult tickets can be purchased in advance online for $10 at For more information, call the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce at 530-432-1802.