Woodlake saddles up for pro rodeo

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66th Annual Woodlake Lions Rodeo carries on Mother’s Day tradition, May 11-12
@TheSunGazette
WOODLAKE – Rodeo fans get ready… The 66th annual Woodlake Lions Rodeo will carry on their Mother’s Day Weekend tradition, May 11-12 at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds north of Woodlake, Calif.! 
Hosted by the Woodlake Lions Club, the rodeo will feature top specialty acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA); top stock from legendary stock contractor, Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo Company; and today’s top competitors on the professional rodeo circuit. 
“The 2019 Woodlake Lions Rodeo is shaping up to be one of our best rodeos yet,” said William Valero, Woodlake Lions Club President. “We invite all of our rodeo fans who attend year after year, and new rodeo fans who have never seen our western heritage via the live action of a rodeo arena to join us at ‘America’s Most Beautiful Rodeo Grounds.’”
Tickets are on sale at www.woodlakelionsclub.com, and will be available at the gate. General admission is $15, children 12 through 7 are $12, and children 6 and under are free. Gates open both days at 11 a.m., with rodeo performances beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the country will be pulling into the town with “true western hospitality” to compete in the seven events of rodeo: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and barrel racing. 
“New for this year’s rodeo performances, the barrel racing will be professional cowgirls competing on the WPRA [Women’s Professional Rodeo Association] circuit,” explained Valero. “These are the cowgirls vying for top spots at the 2019 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and the California Circuit Finals, just like the cowboys who are here competing in the other events.” 
The 2019 Woodlake Lions Rodeo will feature 12-time PRCA Specialty Act of the Year, The One-Arm Bandit, John Payne. Payne’s act is a full throttle exhibition of genuine cowboy skills, riding good horses and mules while moving longhorn/Watusi steers, buffalo, and wild horses around the arena until the grand finale atop a custom-built stock trailer. 
The rodeo’s line-up will also showcase Flying U Rodeo’s Flying Cowboys. These motocross daredevils spin high in the air with flips and turns on their motorized steeds.
Both days will include a crowd favorite, Mutton Bustin’, where local children will ride sheep, competing for a trophy buckle. Other special features will include performances by local drill teams: Visalia Rockettes, Tulare County Cowgirls, and Kaweah River Senior Drill Team. 
Following the rodeo performance on Saturday, May 11, the Woodlake Lions Club presents the annual “Rodeo After Party,” which is free with rodeo admission. The local legend, Mr. Rude, will play live music to continue on the fun and excitement of the day’s events, followed by music by DJ Louie Lopez. 
Sunday, May 12 will be “Fiesta Day,” with performances during the rodeo by the Escaramuza Valle Real and two Charro bull riders!
“We’d like to thank our major sponsors of the 2019 Woodlake Lions Rodeo: Bud Light, Valley Pure, Bank of the Sierra, Mid-Valley Disposal, Beresford Ranches, Spence Fence, CINCH Jeans, and Boot Barn,” said Valero. “Our rodeo tradition in Woodlake continues each year because of our sponsors, rodeo fans, our hard-working volunteers, and of course the stars of the show… the competitors.”
The Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds is located at 19400 Ave 398 in Woodlake, Calif. For more information on the Woodlake Lions Rodeo, follow @woodlakelionsclub on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.woodlakelionsclub.com. 

WOODLAKE WESTERN WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, May 8
4:30-6:30 pm – Calvin Crest Beef Dinner at Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Naranjo Blvd. $10 per plate fundraiser. Call 559-280-9194.
Thursday, May 9
5:30-8 pm – Horseshoe Tournament at Miller Brown Park, 160 N. Magnolia St. $25 per team, first come first serve. Call 559-564-8055.
Friday, May 10
3-7 pm – Children’s Art Exhibit at Woodlake Plaza, 179 N. Magnolia St. Free appetizers, live entertainment, info booths, and door prizes. Call 59-564-5212.
3:30-4:30 pm – Meet the Woodlake Lions Rodeo Queen at the Woodlake Branch Library, 400 W. Whitney Ave. Free story time, crafts, and rope tricks. Call 559-564-8424.
Saturday, May 11
7-10 am – Pancake Breakfast in downtown parking lot, 292 N. Valencia Blvd. $6 all you can eat. Call 559-799-1399 or 559-564-8533.
10 am – Rodeo Parade down Valencia Blvd. heading south from Whitney Ave. to Naranjo Blvd. Call 559-303-8757 or email mflores@w-usd.org.
11 am – Deep Pit BBQ at the Rodeo Arena, 19400 Avenue 398 in Elderwood. 
1:30-3:30 pm – 65th annual Woodlake Lions Rodeo at Rodeo Arena. 
6pm – 12am – Woodlake Lions Dance at Rodeo Arena.
Sunday, May 12
11 am – 65th annual Woodlake Lions Rodeo continues.
11 am – Cow Patty Drop at Rodeo Arena. $10 per ticket for $200 cash prize. Purchase from City Hall or any Woodlake FFA member. Winners will be called and announced on Facebook.