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Chamber, Cowboy Museum, Businesses Honor Heritage
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Normal 0 0 1 24 140 oakdale leader 1 1 171 11.1287 0 0 0 Hailey Ponce rounds the barrel on a stick horse in the Pee Wee Ranch Rodeo at the sixth annual National Day of the American Cowboy hosted at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds. - photo by COURTESY OF KEVIN FOX/FOX PHOTOGRAPHY

Oakdale paid homage to its Western roots with a celebration of all things cowboy and ranching on Saturday, July 24. The day was observed as the National Day of the American Cowboy and included a variety of competition at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds, in addition to special sidewalk sales and deals at multiple stores around town.

Results from the rodeo grounds competition are as follows:


Three Man Sorting

1st Ronnie Seever, Matthew Ponce, Jerry Lopez; 2nd Tyler Holzum, Clayton Edsall, Johnny Roen; 3rd Sean Dunagan, Rich Giuntoli, Scott Heiney


2 Man Rope and Sort

1st David Lackey, Jason Zumbach; 2nd Blaine Lockett, Sean Wells; 3rd John Roen Jr., John Boschi; 4th Brady Santos, Blaine Lockett


4 Man Calf Branding

1st Blaine Lockett, Sean Dunagan, Heidi Lackey, Jason Zumbach; 2nd Sean Dunagan, Rich Giuntoli, Scott Heiney, Norm Mendenhall; 3rd Tyler Holzum, Davey Frazier, Clayton Edsall, Chance Caudle


The All Around Buckle went to Jason Zumbach.


Offered in cooperation with the Oakdale Cowboy Museum as a ‘Rancher’s Day,’ that local landmark also drew visitors in to learn more about the area’s history and for a viewing of the special exhibit honoring Cricket, the famous horse that greeted drivers for many years between Oakdale and Knights Ferry as they headed east on the highway toward Yosemite.

Businesses pulled out all the stops in offering great sales, urging residents to ‘Buy Oakdale.’