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Future brighter for Penn Valley Rodeo

The Penn Valley Rodeo, its future uncertain at one point, got a tentative giddyup Monday night.

The Penn Valley Fire Protection District board of directors voted 4-0 to allow the Penn Valley Firefighters Association to run the 46th annual event on district land this June – provided the association has adequate liability insurance.



No problem, said association President Don Raymond, who predicted the event will make money despite sharing the same weekend with high school graduations, June 8-9.




“We put it on before when there were other things going on, and we always made money,” he said.

Penn Valley’s firefighters had run the event from the 1950s to 1995, when the Penn Valley Hi-Graders Lions Club took over.

But the Lions dropped the event in November, claiming it only raised $2,000 for the Ready Springs and Pleasant Valley schools. The group also blamed increased rent.

On Monday, the board agreed on a rental rate the Lions also paid. Raymond said the rate was $34.50 per hour and estimated they’d need the land for 72 hours, including cleanup time, putting the rent at $2,484.

One resident, Judy TenEyck, expressed concern the district or its auxiliary would share in liability or financial losses.

“I think it’s a risk just to assume it’s going to be a success,” she said. “I hope it’s a success. I love the rodeo.”

Raymond said the association would bear all costs and liability. He said the biggest expense will be the rodeo contractor, who will provide an announcer, cattle, horses, a clown and insurance for $12,500.

Raymond said proceeds will go to a firefighting scholarship fund and for firefighter training.

Board members wished the association good luck with the rodeo, Penn Valley’s largest annual event. Ed DeLaney, Hank Weston, Kurt Grundel and Jeff Ingram voted for the measure. George Mueller was out sick.


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