10531 Spenceville Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
In the early days of Penn Valley Rodeo Families parked under sprawling Oak trees where the Penn Valley Shopping Center now resides. Besides ranch families showing their prowess at the skills needed to ranch like roping, steer dogging, bronc riding and other ranch and riding skills, Families were focused on the food! The food served at the rodeo was good home cooking. “This is when all the local ladies – Becky Alderman and Frances Gates and all of them – did the food.” The women did the beans and the salad and pie. The men cooked the beef in the ground. It was delicious. “That’s what the rodeo was all about.” A community event enjoyed by of all the local ranch families.
The barbeque pits have long been filled in but still remain underground near the Cook House, a remnant of years and rodeos gone by. This year the town of Penn Valley will once again be filled with the savory and enticing smell of barbeque as Buffalo Boys Barbeque cooks up a feast with an expanded menu including smoked house beans, mac & cheese, potato salad, garden salad, coleslaw and besides beef this year they will have ribs, pulled pork and chicken; Ready Springs School volunteers will be serving their delicious baked potatoes with all the fixings along with other yummy snacks, the corn roasters will be there, Kare Crisis Nursery will be serving up delicious pie and Nevada Union Football Boosters will be there cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers.
As the Penn Valley Rodeo has evolved it remains a community event that gathers local families new and old along with participants and spectators from far and wide. With an estimated 5000 people attending each year the Penn Valley Rodeo is the signature event in Penn Valley and is currently the only Rodeo in Western Nevada County each year. Local businesses participate in a best-decorated competition, The Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rodeo Association will host a mixer on the 17th and many businesses and organizations help sponsor this great event.
As cowboys and cowgirls affiliated with California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association vie for points and money each night the level of competition has risen to a new high and added more excitement to age-old favorites like Bronc and Bull Riding. Rodeo Queens and flag girls will be on hand to add glamour and as always, the daring and skilled rodeo pick up men from Four Star Rodeo Company will amaze you. Pro Rodeo Announcer Don Jesser will entertain the crowd along with top Pro Rodeo Entertainer and JJ Harrison.
This year’s Rodeo will feature an expanded Kid Zone; lot’s of vendors for your shopping pleasure; a Rodeo Dance each night with live music, plus Ram Rodeo reps will be available to take sign-ups to win a new Dodge Ram Truck.
Enjoy the rodeo parade on Saturday afternoon featuring the 61st Penn Valley Rodeo Grand Marshall as well as the first ever Penn Valley Rodeo Queen – Sandy Brown who will ride on horseback in the parade. Cowboy Church will take place again this year at 9 am on Sunday with the Hale Family.
This year’s Entire Rodeo Event will be fun for the whole family and an event you won’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale locally at various locations including Tri-Counties Bank, Penn Valley Chamber and True Value Hardware. For more information and online ticket sales please see www.pvrodeo.com .
See you at the Penn Valley Rodeo on May 18th and 19th!