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Wild West rodeo opens Friday night in Grass Valley

With the top nine riders from the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association and real bucking bulls, the Nevada County Horsemen Inc.’s Big Bad Bulls Rodeo and Wild West Show set for Friday night in Grass Valley carries a promising cast.

“We also have some of the top California riders doing saddle bronc and bare back,” said president of the Nevada County Horsemen, Jane de’Zell.

Gates open at 5 p.m. at the Nevada County Horsemen Inc. arena on Bubbling Wells Road, off Brunswick Road in Grass Valley; riding starts at 7 p.m. The rodeo continues at the same hours Saturday.

There will be dancing both nights at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the gate, $10 in advance and kids 9 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at Grass Valley Hay and Feed, Ridge Feed, The Farm Store, Tacky but Nice, Saddlery and Mercantile.

Last year the annual rodeo attracted close to 4,000 or 5,000 people, de’Zell said.

“This year, we are doing a special tribute to all veterans,” de’Zell said. “This year’s grand marshall is a retired World War II major, Ed Gessert, who landed in Iwo Jima and has been a long-time Nevada County resident.”

The event also will feature mutton busting.

“We have 12 kids that ride sheep,” de’Zell said. “They’re all turned out at the same time, and the last one on wins a prize pack.”

The coveted prize pack includes a certificate of completion, a buckle and a “wool rider” wallet card. All of the young contestants also will receive a baseball cap and T-shirt.

“Mid-way through the rodeo, we’re also having a calf scramble,” de’Zell said. “We call out all the children from the audience and release a calf with a ribbon on its tail. The first child to retrieve the ribbon gets a bike.”

Girls will compete Saturday night for the Rodeo Queen crown and large trophy buckle.

For more information, call 273-1507 or visit http://www.nevadacountyhorsemen.org.


To contact Staff Writer Lindsey Croft, e-mail lindseyc@theunion.com or call 477-4247.

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