It may be t-shirt and shorts weather this weekend, but for the diehard cowboys and cowgirls, it's blue jeans and well-worn boots as they kick-up the dust all the way to the 62nd annual Coarsegold Rodeo this Friday through Sunday at the Bohna Arena on Raymond Road (415).
Katrina Sack-Templeton and Jana Sack, along with their brother Tom Sack (posthumously), are Grand Marshalls of the event. Crowd-pleasing events include barrel racing, team roping and bronc riding. Cowboys will try their best to stay atop a 2,000-pound raging bull for eight seconds Sunday during one of the rodeo's most dangerous events.
Other activities include a Friday night dinner, Exceptional Kids Rodeo and dance Saturday, with Cowboy pancake breakfast and Cowboy Church Sunday, along with the crowning of the 2014 rodeo queen.
Friday, May 2
9 a.m. Heritage Days for area schools.
1:30 p.m. Coarsegold Rodeo Royalty Horsemanship Contest (Bohna Arena)
6 p.m. Royalty dinner banquet and onstage royalty interviews (Coarsegold Community Center); cost: $20.
Saturday, May 3
11 a.m. Exceptional Kids Rodeo assisted by Cal Fire and rodeo royalty
1:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo: Saddle and bare bronc riding, mutton bustin', steer wrestling and roping, barrel racing and bullriding.
8 p.m. "Dance Under the Stars" at the Bohna Rodeo Grounds with music by Terry Naracon from TC Tunes; cost: $5.
Sunday, May 4
8 - 11 a.m. Cowboy Pancake Breakfast by the Yosemite Lakes Community Church Youth Group; cost: $5.
9 a.m. Cowboy Church with Clifton Jansky
Noon Grand Entry Procession featuring Grand Marshals siblings Katrina Sack-Templeton, Jana Sack, and Tom Sack (posthumously); and Miss Coarsegold Rodeo Royalty crowning
1:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo: Saddle and bare bronc riding, mutton bustin' steer wrestling and roping, barrel racing and bullriding.