A Mexican rodeo and a Civil War re-enactment are new events one can expect to see at the Clements Stampede and Wild West Days this year.
The Stampede, in its 65th year, has expanded.
The big bull riding event will feature 45 bull riders tonight, followed by a rodeo dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.
A pre-rodeo show on Saturday will include Gypsy Horses, a cattle dog demo, mounted trick shooting, Painted Ladies Drill team and a Civil War re-enactment.
The Civil War camp will stay set up throughout the day.
The Mokelumne Mounties drill team will perform during the rodeo.
A brand-new event is the Mexican Rodeo, featuring five bands. The bull riders are professionals from Mexico, and at least one rider will ride blindfolded.
"This looks to be a fantastic time for all to enjoy," said Velda Redmond, who is working with the Clements Stampede. "I hope a lot of people come out to experience the Mexican vaquero culture."
The newly crowned Miss Clements Stampede and court also will be on hand during the events. Jayme Nevin, 18, of Jackson, is Miss Clements Stampede; the court includes Kira Stellmacher, of Lodi, first princess, and Pamela Gibson, of Citrus Heights, second princess. Junior Queen is Julianne Nevins, 13, of Jackson; the court includes Riley Fielder, of Hilmar, first princess, and Bridgette Trahan, of Lodi, second princess. Jr. Miss Clements Stampede, for girls 12 and under, is Cheyanne Carpenter; first princess is Aubrey Bassett, and second princess is Meghan Sommer.
Cost to attend the Clements Stampede is $12 for adults; $6 for seniors; and children 12 and under are free with parents. Mexican rodeo is $30.
Clements Stampede events
Gates open - 4 p.m.
Carnival all three days.
Bull riding - 6 p.m.
Rodeo dance featuring Jay Rolerz Band, $10 - 9 p.m.
Gates open - noon.
Civil War soldiers and camp; gypsy horses; cattle dog demos.
Barbecue, $10 - 5p.m.
Rodeo and Mokelumne Mounties - 6 p.m.
Gates open - noon.
Mexican Rodeo, $30, featuring "Los Inquietos Del Norte" and "Yolanda Del
Rio" - Las Chelas.
- Source: Stampede organizers
First published: Friday, June 2, 2006