Penn Valley Rodeo starts today, runs through Saturday; Rodeo Play Day is Sunday |

Penn Valley Rodeo starts today, runs through Saturday; Rodeo Play Day is Sunday

A scene from the Penn Valley Rodeo, which takes place this Friday and Saturday at the rodeo grounds in Penn Valley.
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What: Penn Valley Rodeo

When: 6 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Saturday. The Penn Valley Rodeo Parade is at 3 p.m. Saturday. Rodeo Play Day is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Where: 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley

The contestants for the Penn Valley Rodeo queen competition have worked for months in anticipation of tonight.

The weekly meetings began in February, with contestants learning about horsemanship, interview skills and appearance. Using that knowledge, they then competed in early May to determine the new Miss Penn Valley Rodeo and Junior Miss Penn Valley Rodeo. Those winners will be revealed tonight.

“It’s probably going to be an emotional night for me,” said Madeline Ten Eyck, the 2015 Miss Penn Valley Rodeo, who will pass her title at the ceremony. “I love everything about rodeo.”

The 59th annual Penn Valley Rodeo starts at 6 p.m. today at 10513 Spenceville Road. The new queens will be announced around 7:15 to 7:45 p.m., said Ciara Fuller, a rodeo queen coordinator.

The Penn Valley Rodeo Parade starts at 3 p.m. Saturday and is followed at 5 p.m. by the rodeo itself.

Sign-up for the fourth annual community Rodeo Play Day begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets are $10 if bought beforehand and $15 at the gate. There’s a small fee for parking. Kids under 6 get in for free. Tickets are available at Penn Valley True Value Hardware, 17387 Penn Valley Drive; Tack Room Restaurant & Bar, 17356 Penn Valley Drive; and Pearson’s Feed, 17905 Penn Valley Drive.

John Favetti, president of the rodeo, expects 3,000 people on Friday and 5,000 on Saturday.

“Every year we seem to get just a little bit more,” he said. “It’s the family-fun atmosphere. It’s a very clean and safe rodeo.”

The rodeo features several events, like mutton busting and a bounce house for children, as well as tonight’s reveal of this year’s rodeo queen competition winners. Favetti said plenty of food vendors will be present.

The most popular event, though, is bull riding.

“Everyone seems to like the bulls,” Favetti said. “The bulls are always the last event.”

The 3 p.m. Saturday parade will close some streets. Motorists should expect Penn Valley Drive, from Western Gateway Park to the Village Center, to be closed from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Spenceville Road, at the rodeo grounds, also will be closed during those times.

The parade starts at Western Gateway Park. It will proceed down Penn Valley Drive and end at the rodeo grounds on Spenceville Road.

It’s free to march and ride in the parade. Entries are accepted through today. Call Carolyn Wilson at 530-913-6074 for more information.

Parade viewers should arrive early to secure a spot. Parking is available along the street and in parking lots.

The local Play Day begins once the professional rodeo leaves. The Sunday event has activities for kids and adults, though attendees need their own horse for many of the events, Favetti said.

“It’s kind of like a local rodeo,” he added.

Rodeo organizers already are looking toward next year’s event, which will be the 60th annual.

“The big 60 will be the Diamond Jubilee,” Favetti said. “We’ve got a few irons in the fire and we’re going to try to make the next year the biggest.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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