The weather may certainly be unpredictable these days, but you can be certain the Clements Stampede will go on as scheduled.
The 62nd annual Stampede, Clements' biggest event of the year, will begin at 7:30 Friday night at the rodeo grounds on the north side of Highway 88, opposite Clements Road.
"We're trying to promote this as a family outing," said Frankie Engel, whose husband, Ray Engel is chairing this year's event with Mark Tecklenburg.
The Stampede will be held for three days. Besides Friday's opening night of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association action, the rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Special events include bull riding on Friday, a kids' pig scramble, mini-bull riding for kids and the Budweiser Clydesdales on Saturday, a tri-trip barbecue and dance Saturday evening and the kids' pig scramble and mini-bull riding on Sunday.
A rodeo clown and barrelman, Mike Hayhurst, of Barstow, will perform throughout the weekend. Hayhurst was a police sergeant who later became a middle-school history teacher.
Professional rodeo announcer Scott Allen, from southeastern Oregon, will tell everyone what's going on at the Clements Stampede this weekend. Allen announces at rodeos throughout the West.
The tri-trip barbecue, open to the public, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with live country music by Brad Powers, of Lodi, who plays several instruments, said Clements Buckaroos member Rick Gretsinger.
A rodeo dance, to the music of Gary Don Ricks and the Wood Be Famous Band, will begin at 8 p.m.
Admission to the rodeo is $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Robinson's Feed stores in Lodi, Lockeford and Galt.
Sunday is Family Day, in which two adults and two children will be admitted for $25.
Members of the Clements Buckaroos promoted the rodeo at several area schools, while Janet Lemmons of Castro Valley, representing Rodeo Education and Children, told fourth- and fifth-grade students this week about the need to make wise decisions regarding drugs, alcohol, sex, gun use and related topics.
The group appeared this week at Beckman Elementary School in Lodi and at Oakwood, Julia Morgan and Wagner-Holt elementary schools in north Stockton.
Clements resident Breanna Marino, the 2002 Clements Stampede queen, was introduced at the school assemblies. A 2001 Lodi High graduate, Marino attends Cosumnes River College and plans to transfer next year to California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Marino previously was a member of the Mokelumne Mounties, a Clements-based precision equestrian team.
For more information on the rodeo, call 759-9992.
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