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Posted: Sunday, June 4, 2006 10:00 pm

Sunday was a little different at the 65th annual Clements Stampede.

There was no rodeo competition. Instead, it was pure entertainment as the rodeo arena was filled with horses, bulls and a Mariachi band playing during and between the events.

The final day of the three-day stampede was a Mexican rodeo, something the Clements Buckaroos hadn't put on in previous years.

"My mother enjoys them," said Claudine Kenney, who came to Clements Sunday from Elk Grove. "I have not been to a Mexican rodeo. I hear they're more exciting than the western rodeos."

"I love the way they dress," Kenney's mother, Claudine Medina said.

The horse and bullriders dress more elaborately than those in the traditional Western rodeos, such as the ones that took place on Friday and Saturday in Clements.

The three-day Stampede began with a bull futurity on Friday and continued with professional bullriding Saturday night, featuring 45 bull, and was followed by a dance.

Saturday's event also featured a Civil War re-enactment, also a first for the Clements Stampede. The Little Buckaroos, consisting of toddlers to 10-year-olds, participated Saturday in a pig scramble, where participants try to capture a squiggly porker , said Lodi resident Velda Redmond, who helped organize the Stampede.

Gates opened at noon for Sunday's Mexican rodeo, but the event didn't start until 3 p.m.

"We're trying to get more parts of the community involved," Redmond said.

One way is to have a Mexican rodeo, featuring paid bullriders from Mexico, promoter Salvador Vasquez of Stockton said.

With the Mariachi music rich with two trumpets, a saxophone, drums and even a tuba, horses performed while the modest crowd sought shade wherever they could find it. Instead of galloping around the arena, the horses did what appeared to be choreographed dance steps.

Occasionally, a mean-looking bull would charge out from the gate as the horseback riders would rope the bull, again to Mariachi music. One participant rode a bull blindfolded.

Sunday's rodeo included Mexican food and vendors selling everything from jewelry to Mexican cowboy hats.

Plastic bounce houses were available for children all weekend.

Miss Clements Stampede, Jayme Nevin, 18, of Ione, and her court presided over the weekend's events.

The remainder of the court included First Princess Kira Stellmacher, of Lodi, Second Princess Pamela Gibson, of Citrus Heights, Junior Queen Julianne Nevins, 13, of Ione; Junior First Princess Riley Fielder, of Hilmar, Junior Second Princess Bridgette Trahan, of Lodi; Junior Miss Clements Stampede Queen Cheyanne Carpenter, of Clements, First Princess Aubrey Bassett and Junior Second Princess Meghan Sommer.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

First published: Monday, June 5, 2006

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