The Lincoln Rodeo Grounds sit quietly along Lincoln Boulevard, near the Highway 65 Bypass. On most days the rodeo arena may look like it has been retired. However, the grounds come to life once a month during the school year when hundreds of people from around Northern California roll in with their trucks, horse trailers and campers. Forming a small city, these traveling families are part of a national rodeo circuit. The Lincoln Rodeo Grounds is home to District 3 competitions of the California High School Rodeo Association.
High school and junior high school students, male and female, compete for statewide, and potentially national, awards in rodeo events such at steer wrestling, breakaway, cutting, bareback and bronco riding and barrel racing.
The rodeo events happen on Saturday and Sunday, one weekend per month from September to May, starting at 8:00 a.m. each day. (Check the website listed above for specific dates.)
Each event moves swiftly, and the arena sound system carries the soothing drawl of the announcer’s voice identifying each rider and their results. When riders perform well, they might hear, “Good job!” and when they are not successful they usually get a matter-of-fact, “Tough break, there.”
The high school rodeo is a casual affair. Admission is free; food and drink concessions are available.
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