Break out the Wranglers and Levis - It’s rodeo time in Coarsegold. The event, featuring 160 cowboys and cowgirls competing for cash prizes, has been entertaining families since 1952. This year’s 63rd annual event, May 1-3, is guaranteed to provide plenty of thrills and spills. The tradition continues at the Bohna Arena on Raymond Road (415).
Jill Satterfield, president of the Coarsegold Rodeo Association board of director’s, encourages the community to attend one of the oldest events in Eastern Madera County.
“This is a great family event - children love seeing real cowboys and cowgirls up close and seeing the exciting events like barrel racing, team roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and bull riding,” Satterfield said.
At 9 a.m. Friday more than 500 Mountain Area school children will attend Heritage Days, making crafts, enjoying hands-on activities, and witnessing a variety of rodeo demonstrations including barrel racing, pole bending, and a horse parade. Every student who attends Heritage Days will receive a ticket for free entry to the rodeo on Saturday or Sunday with a paid adult.
That night, the Rodeo Royalty contestants will be interviewed by judges during the rodeo dinner at the Coarsegold Community Center. The dinner gets underway at 6 p.m. - Tickets cost $15 per person at the door.
Exceptional Kids Rodeo
Saturday begins at 10:30 a.m. with the “Exceptional Kids Rodeo.” Kevin Lockwood is chairman for the event that will include a bucking barrel, stick-horse races, and roping. More than 25 children are expected to participate in the event and each child will receive a medal, provided by Coarsegold Car Care and Graydon Kennels.
Area cancer survivors will be honored in the arena during the “Rodeo Grand Entry” at noon Saturday. All cancer survivors are invited to participate.
“We are honored to be partnering with Relay For Life this year to honor cancer survivors,” Satterfield said. “We feel it is very appropriate to honor cancer survivors at the rodeo since this year’s Relay for Life slogan is “Give Cancer the Boot.”
The Pro Rodeo starts at 1:30 p.m. - In between rodeo events the free “Cutest Rodeo Clown” contest will be held for children up to seven years old. Always a crowd favorite, the children’s “Mutton Bustin” contest will also be held during a break in the rodeo events. Both events for children are expected to take place between 2 and 3 p.m.
Reigning Rodeo Queen is Katie McDougald, a freshman of Fresno State, and member of the school’s rodeo team.
The Saturday Rodeo Dance will be held ‘under the stars’ 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. with music provided by DJ Cowboy Jeff Mann. Dance tickets cost $5 at the door. The Yosemite High School football program will receive a donation for cleaning-up after the event.
Cowboy Breakfast - Cowboy Church
Sunday starts at 8 a.m. with the Cowboy Breakfast, followed by Cowboy Church at 9 a.m.. Both events are sponsored by the Yosemite Lakes Community Church.
The breakfast costs $5 per person and consists of pancakes and/or biscuits and gravy. All proceeds go to YLCC (KIC) kids in Christ Ministry to help send kids to summer camp.
Pastor Cody Gunderson will share message of hope and salvation during the church service.
Sunday’s Grand Entry starts at noon and will honor Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler as this year’s Grand Marshall, and the crowning of the 2015 Coarsegold Rodeo Queen and her royalty. Once again the Pro Rodeo begins at 1:30, and there will be round two of Mutton Bustin.
Food vendors will include Supernaw’s Bar-B-Q, Yosemite Gateway Restaurant, and Indian Tacos.
The Coarsegold Rodeo is a non profit organization and the proceeds from the event are used to to benefit Eastern Madera County youth organizations. Last year the committee was able to sponsor 33 children and their animals at the Madera Fair, donated money to all area schools, Valley Children’s Hospital, Toys For Tots, and Ronald McDonald House. In addition, other organizations and clubs financially benefit from the rodeo through food and providing services during the rodeo.
“We are hoping this year’s rodeo will be the best one yet,” Satterfield said. “Our committee is made up of people from all walks of life that work very hard to make this a successful event.
Tickets at the gate cost $12 for adults - $5 for children 5-12 years old. Parking is $2 with 75% of the proceeds benefiting the Minarets High School basketball team.
Presale Tickets are available for $10 at the following locations in Coarsegold: Kwik Serv, Coarsegold Market, Gold Mine Pizza, Mountain Feed and Yosemite Lakes True Value Hardware. Presale tickets are available in Oakhurst at Yosemite Bank.
- Staff Report