Whether it is hosted in a mud pit because of late spring rains or in an arena so hot and dusty you can feel the grit in your teeth, one thing is sure: fans flock to the Oakdale Saddle Club annual PRCA Rodeo.
Now in its 66th year, the two days of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo competition are scheduled for Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 this year, with the action at the Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds on East F Street wrapping up a busy rodeo week.
Here is a listing of events scheduled in the community and at the rodeo arena during the week.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
Local team roping, featuring amateur ropers who live within 25 miles of Oakdale. Winners received a cash prize and a new belt buckle, along with some bragging rights for the year
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 (Sold out)
Cowgirl Luncheon at the Gene Bianchi Community Center draws in cowgirls of all ages, eager for the opportunity to enjoy lunch and be served in style by local cowboys, suited up in their best fitting jeans to pour champagne, wait tables and provide some eye candy for the appreciative crowd
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Arrest Your Boss, with ‘offenders’ picked up at their place of work, taken to the H-B Saloon and ‘jailed’ – they must raise money for their bail, with the money benefitting scholarship programs of the Chamber
Queen Coronation – The race for Miss Rodeo Oakdale 2017 come to a close with the crowning of the new queen. Festivities start at 6 p.m. at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on East F Street and include the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce mixer, open to the community, with the new queen receiving her crown and title.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
Timed event slack – 8 a.m. at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds, $2 admission
Come see the earliest competition of the weekend, events scheduled are team roping, tie down roping and steer wrestling
Barrel racing slack – 1 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds, $2 admission
Features local cowgirls in the fastest three turns in the arena, looking to post great times
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Timed slack event, Rodeo Grounds, continuation of Friday morning competition
Oakdale Rodeo Parade, 10 a.m., open to all, no charge
Find your spot along F Street to watch the annual rodeo parade, cheering for your favorite entries and sharing a parade wave with the many groups and organizations taking part in the festive event
PRCA Rodeo, Day One
1 p.m., $20 admission day of event, $15 pre-sale
Grand Entry followed by competition from steer wrestling to bull riding
Oakdale Rodeo Dance, Rodeo Grounds, 7 p.m.
Designed for those 21 and over only, $10 admission for the event featuring live music, dancing and adult beverages
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Cowboy Church, Rodeo Grounds, 10 a.m.
No charge to attend; join Coy Huffman for a Sunday morning service, with many of the rodeo competitors also in attendance
PRCA Rodeo, Day Two
Grand Entry at 1 p.m., followed by competition
$20 at gate, $15 pre-sale tickets
Tickets are available at:
Oakdale locations - Oakdale Feed and Seed, Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, Bucksworth Western Wear, Conlin Supply
Also, Bootbarn Modesto, Bootbarn Turlock and Turlock Feed