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Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds brimming with activity
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With the 72nd annual Oakdale PRCA, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, rodeo due Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, the East F Street rodeo grounds in Oakdale will see additional activities this week as well.

Also, the Oakdale Cowboy Museum will host an event, Friday will bring slack at the rodeo grounds, Saturday night features the dance and there will be Cowboy Church on Sunday.

Prior to the Saturday competition, it’s the annual rodeo parade, which is always a crowd pleaser. The parade makes its way through Oakdale along F Street, with the watchers staking out their spot early to enjoy the parade.

Here is a look at some of the signature events of Rodeo Week.


Thursday, April 11, Queen Coronation, Oakdale Cowboy Museum, 6 p.m.

The museum at 355 East F Street will have a mixer Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the coronation of the new Oakdale Rodeo Queen is scheduled at 6 p.m.

There is no admission fee for the event, being hosted in conjunction with the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates this year are Kyndal Castle and Lillian Crummey; the two compete in the categories of speech, horsemanship, ticket sales and photos. The newly crowned Rodeo Queen will have a busy year ahead, traveling to rodeos and events around the state to represent the Cowboy Capital.


Friday, April 12, Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds, Slack, 8 a.m.

The timed event slack begins at 8 a.m., with a $5 admission, and features team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and women’s breakaway roping. Following these events, the women’s barrel racing slack gets underway.


Saturday, April 13, Oakdale Rodeo Parade, 9 a.m.

The parade begins on the west side of town, at the corner of West F Street and Gilbert Avenue. The multitude of equestrian entries, musical performers, classic cars, community service clubs, local businesses and more all line up to take part. Grand Marshals this year are Ed and Darla Viohl, who have a long history with the Oakdale Saddle Club.

The parade heads eastward on F Street, continuing to the Foothill Oaks Shopping Center, 1449 East F, dispersing near SaveMart. A rain or shine event, the forecast indicates there should be mostly sunny skies this year for the parade.


Saturday, April 13, PRCA Rodeo, first performance at the Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds, 1:30 p.m.

Ticket prices at the gate are $20 for adults, ages 13 and over; $10 for children ages 7 to 12. Those 6 and under are admitted free.

Festivities kick off with the Grand Entry at 1:30 p.m. followed by several hours of competition in events from steer wrestling to bull riding. Good performances on Saturday can lead to belt buckles and prize money on Sunday.


Saturday, April 13, Oakdale Rodeo Dance, 8 p.m.

Hosted at the Rodeo Grounds Clubhouse, the gates open at 7:30 p.m. for this 21 and over event. Admission is $10, with tickets only available at the door. Live music, dancing and beverages, with the dance ending around midnight.


Sunday, April 14, Cowboy Church, 9 a.m.

Come start your Sunday morning with some of the world’s top cowboys; Cowboy Church is hosted at the Rodeo Grounds and offers a non-denominational service for all. No admission fee.


Sunday, April 14, PRCA rodeo, second performance at the Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds, 1:30 p.m.

The festive Grand Entry once again starts the events at the rodeo grounds for Sunday’s competition, as cowboys look to nail down the individual event and all-around honors.

Sunday is also set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness Day, with attendees asked to wear pink in support of the “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” campaign.

Ticket prices at the gate are $20 for adults, ages 13 and over; $10 for children ages 7 to 12. Those 6 and under are admitted free.