Get your boots on and head east to join the 93rd Annual Livermore Rodeo festivities this weekend.
What started as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross during World War I has become a tradition for residents of the Livermore Valley and visitors who come from all across the U.S. West to join in.
The Pro Rodeo Slack begins on Friday at 8 a.m., which will feature professional slap roping at Robertson Park Stadium.
The Rodeo Parade, presented by the Livermore Rotary Club, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Downtown Livermore on Second Street.
This year’s parade Grand Marshall is Lucky Gravette, a resident of the Livermore Valley for more than 50 years.
Charles Crohare will be honored with the parade’s Community Service Award. Crohare is the president of Hope Hospice and has been the treasurer of the Rotary Club of the Livermore Valley since 2007.
Ron Scott, parade chairman, said approximately 1,600 people have signed up to be in this year's parade, with a huge turnout from the Shriners organization.
Scott said there will be Shriners members from 18 different groups, including groups from Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah and Mexico.
"[The Shriners] are always fun," Scott said. "They have bands, motorcycles, horses, clowns, you name it ... It'll be a good parade."
Gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday for the Livermore Rodeo. Grand Entry for the rodeo begins at 3 p.m.
Rodeo tickets range from $12 to $20, depending on seating location. To purchase tickets, call 924-455-1550.
There is no exact schedule for the events of the rodeo, but events will occur in this order after the Grand Entry:
- Tie Down Roping
- Local Team Roping
- Saddle Bronc Riding
- Wild Cow Milking
- Steer Wrestling
- Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Team Roping
- Barrel Racing
- Bull Riding
Rodeo Festivities continue on Sunday.
This year’s Livermore Rodeo Queen is Missi Elliott, a 23-year-old Oakdale resident. She will be celebrating with fans at the 93rd Annual Livermore Rodeo.
Ice chests, outside food or drinks, SLR cameras and video recorders are all prohibited from the event.
From I-580 (headed east): Take North Livermore Exit, turning right and following it to South Livermore Avenue. Robertson Park is on the right off Concannon Boulevard.
From Route 84 (headed north): Follow 84 to Isabel Avenue. Turn right onto Concannon Boulevard and follow to Robertson Park. Park entrance will be on the left.