Dust off your boots and get ready for some good times at the 82nd annual Fortuna Rodeo, with a full week of events set to begin on July 15.
The fun begins on Monday with the Annual Chili Cookoff on Main Street from 5-6:30 p.m. After the cookoff, head down to the Open House at Strongs Creek Shopping Center for food, games, and a family oriented outdoor dance with live music from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
It's all about the children at Redwood Village Shopping Center on Tuesday. Activities include a free bounce house, wax hands, free face-painting, free horse rides by Korobi Stables, western-themed costume contest with prizes, a free candy walk, HealthSPORT demonstrations, Cobra & Butterfly demonstrations, Polynesian barbecue by Vainuku Kitchen/Sammy's BBQ, sidewalk chalk, and a fireman's muster for kids. Children must be registered for the costume contest by 6:30 p.m. and the contest starts at 7:15 p.m.
On Wednesday July, Fortuna's Main Street will fill with the pitter-patter of children's feet as the annual Fortuna Rodeo Main Street games gallop into full swing. The evening entertainment includes a penny scramble, stick horse races, egg toss, and other family friendly attractions.
The evening's MC will be long time Fortuna Rodeo Board member Ricky Ruud who has the street activities down to an art form
The highlight of the evening will include adorable stick horse races where little ones fiercely and casually race to the finish line. Many little ones wiped out, but magically recover in time for their turn at the penny scramble where they meticulously pick up one penny at a time with their tiny little fingers.
And don't miss the Junior Rodeo events taking place at the Rohner Park Rodeo Grounds, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and continuing starting at 9 a.m. on July 18.
On July 18, head back down to Main Street for the Firemen's games at 6:30 p.m. Here you are sure to be entertained by the unexpected bloopers of the event causing laughter and at times a very wet crowd.
The traditional Fortuna Rodeo parade takes place at noon on July 20. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. on July 20 and on July 21, starting at 1:30 p.m.
A full list of events is available at the Fortuna Rodeo website: www.fortunarodeo.com.
Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon
Fortuna resident Brady Nilsen rides alongside his cowgirl Analeez in the 2012 Fortuna Rodeo Main Street Kids Games.