Stampede Days Rodeo starts in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The 28th annual Stampede Days Rodeo kicks off Friday night at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield.

It’s often called the “Biggest Little Rodeo in California” because there are dozens of cowboys and cowgirls who turn out to compete.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s laid back and a very patriotic event. Everything is geared towards the competitors and fans and getting everyone involved. It’s just an overall good time,” said Sergeant Royce Haislip with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Stampede Days is put on by the Kern County Sheriff’s Reserve Association. Part of the proceeds will go to training and equipment for Reserve Deputies.

“They can assist in all various types of serious incidents. If they were needed they would come out.”

Sergeant Haislip also told 23 ABC Reserve Deputies volunteered over 15,000 hours of service in 2012.

Rodeo fans will get to watch different events including team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, but any rodeo wouldn’t be complete without rodeo queens.

Miss Rodeo California will be at the rodeo along with other rodeo royalty to promote not only the sport of rodeo of but also the western way of life.

“The western lifestyle is just amazing. It is how the country got started and so rodeo really keeps it alive. Rodeo keeps getting bigger and bigger actually. No matter what our economy is doing we keep getting stronger and stronger so it’s something to really support. It’s a great cause and a great time,” said Dakota Skellenger, Miss Rodeo California 2013.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for children ages 6-12 and $18 for adults at the gate. VIP tickets are $30.

Go to www.stampededaysrodeo.com for more information.

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