‘Biggest Little Rodeo in the West’ returns
Springville Rodeo celebrates 70th anniversary as PRCA Rodeo on April 26-28
SPRINGVILLE – “The Biggest Little Rodeo in the West” returns to the foothills April 26-28 for the 70th annual Springville Sierra Rodeo.
Since its inception, the Springville Rodeo has been on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit. Being sanctioned by the PRCA means winners in Springville could go on to compete for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held annually in Las Vegas. Professional cowboys will compete in calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding and bull riding.
Special guests include five-time California circuit Finals Bullfighter Donny Castle; Rodeo Clown Barrelman Joey “Hashbrown” Hackett; and country music duo Terra Bella at the Friday night Coronation Dance.
Grand Marshal Jim Crew came to Tulare County in 1978 as a biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He moved to Springville in 1989. Jim and his wife Margaret have been married for 48 years. They have three children, Rob Melissa and Matthew. They also have five grandkids that they are very proud of.
During his years as a biologist he trapped and relocated over 80 bears and used radio telemetry to track mountain lions and deer. He ran airboats controlling waterfowl disease and flew over the area counting deer and waterfowl. Jim spent time in the backcountry and conducted environmental review on the forests.
Always helping kids, Jim taught Hunter Education for 35 years. He was a member of the Tulare County Fish and Wildlife Commission. Jim became involved with SCICON in 1979 and has been a member of the SCICON Board for years. Jim now spends his time helping SCICON, doing wildlife rescue when needed and is the grounds keeper for the Springville Rodeo.
Always busy, Jim also plays in a small band called The Occasional Brass. He still loves to hunt and fish and is a friend to everyone he sees.
The Springville Rodeo runs from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. Parking at the Rodeo Grounds is free. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 years and younger and all U.S. military. For tickets or more information, visit www.springvillerodeo.com.
Joey “Hashbrown” Hackett of Hutto, Texas is a home grown southern boy with family roots going deep into Cajun country. A retired firefighter after 15 years of service, Joey is a dedicated family man with a beautiful wife that has spent over 15 years as a police officer serving the people of the community and now owns two successful businesses. From his belief in God to respect for his elders, Hashbrown is very respectful and professional in every aspect.
Rodeo has been in his blood since a child and he remains a child at heart. He plays with children at rodeos to encourage the interest in rodeo into the future. His acts include the Fashion Police and washing a dirty kitty. Working rodeos all over the country, he brings southern family friendly religious and Cajun humor to relieve any stress or worries your life holds. Featured as the 2X Pro West Rodeo Association Finals Barrelman, to the 2013 Cajun Finals Barrelman/Entertainer of The Year. In his show, you will never hear anything you can’t repeat in church. Good thing, because he will be the guest speaker at this year’s Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. on April 28.
SPRINGVILLE RODEO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
8 p.m., Barrels & Bulls
7 p.m., Motorcycle Barrel Race
9 p.m., Queen Coronation Dance
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
7 a.m., Back Country Horseman Breakfast
10 a.m., Chicks ‘n Chaps
2 p.m., Rodeo Parade thru Downtown
2-5 p.m., Happy Hour at Rodeo Grounds
3:30 p.m., Mutton Bustin’
5 p.m., Hide Race
6 p.m., PRCA Rodeo & Grand Entry
9 p.m., Rodeo Dance with Terra Bella
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
7 a.m., Back Country Horseman Breakfast
10 a.m., Cowboy Church Service
12-2 p.m., Happy Hour at Rodeo Grounds
12:30 p.m., Mutton Bustin’
1 p.m., Special Events
2 p.m., PRCA Rodeo & Grand Entry