Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Ready to Ride with Four Days of Competition | Local News

ByTommie C. Curtis

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For the next time in nine months, the Santa Maria Elks/Unocal Party Centre has arrive alive for a rodeo.

Soon after skipping the 2020 celebration and delaying the 2021 rodeo to Labor Day weekend because of public health problems, the 79th model of the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo returns to its early June place with the standard 4 days of motion, commencing Thursday.

On Wednesday afternoon, vendors worked to set up foodstuff and other booths together the midway at the rodeo grounds while competitors’ horses settled into short term residences for the weekend. 

“I assume this neighborhood is super fired up to get again to a usual rodeo weekend,” rodeo spokeswoman Johnna Clark stated.

The fact that the previous rodeo happened 9 months back assisted the team prepping for the 2022 rodeo, Clark said.

“Our presale tickets are more powerful than they’ve at any time been,” Clark claimed. “I feel we’re anticipating a complete weekend, for guaranteed.”

The Cowboy Channel will be on hand all four days.

A sign sits near corrals housing horses of rodeo competitors.
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A signal sits near corrals housing horses of rodeo opponents. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk image)

“That’s the first time in heritage for us, so which is bringing a lot of attention,” she explained.

Given that the June rodeo falls at the starting of the level of competition year, the Santa Maria rodeo has drawn a big selection of athletes compared with September as they journey to get paid details to qualify for the Nationwide Finals Rodeo.

“Everybody’s hungry, everybody’s fighting for it.” Clark said.

Thursday and Friday performances will begin at 7 p.m., but the exciting starts earlier with pre-rodeo concerts and other actions. The gates open two several hours prior to arena motion commences.

Friday night’s overall performance also will involve the crowning of the 2022 Elks Rodeo queen from a discipline of 3 candidates who have been raising money for weeks. The candidates and their sponsors are Rylie Halsell for St. Joseph Large University, Ashley Palin for Northern Santa Barbara County United Way and Primavera Rosales for the Guadalupe Kiwanis Club. The major fundraiser will replace 2021 Rodeo Queen Avery Nelson.

As a result of the several years, the queen contestants and their sponsors have elevated $15 million for youth recreation and other applications.

The queen and her courtroom will make their initially formal physical appearance when the rodeo parade with about 100 entries will travel south on Broadway between Mill Avenue and Enos Generate, starting up at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Utility vehicles and the Santa Maria Elks wagon, typically pulled by mules, sit ready for their weekend at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.
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Utility automobiles and the Santa Maria Elks wagon, commonly pulled by mules, sit prepared for their weekend at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk image)

The theme this 12 months is “United We Stand.” Awards will be supplied in 6 categories.

Terri Stricklin will experience in a area of honor as the parade grand marshal, recognizing her longtime position in the family company, Hitching Publish, identified for its “Old West Hospitality” with dining places in Casmalia and Buellton.

The action in the arena starts at 6 p.m. Saturday even though the final round will kick off at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Leisure involving a reside band will acquire area right after every single rodeo performance Thursday, Friday and Saturday with mariachis and margaritas planned next Sunday’s effectiveness.

Tickets, which can be bought at the gate or online, charge $20 for grownups or $12 for individuals age 62 or more mature in addition youths ages 3 to 12.

For the plan, tickets and a lot more info, go to the Elks Rec web site at

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