The 101st Clovis Rodeo is just around the corner and the full line-up promises plenty of opportunity for fun. Rodeo performances on Thursday and Friday nights will be followed by rodeo concerts from some of Country Music’s rising stars including the country rock sound of Parmalee on April 23, followed by a little “Sunshine and Whiskey” with singer Frankie Ballard on April 24. One ticket price will get fans the rodeo and a concert in the same night.
One of the oldest rodeos in America it was begun in 1914 by the Clovis Women’s Club as a way of bringing friends together to celebrate their community. Always held the last weekend in April it is a four-day rodeo and month long celebration of Clovis’ western heritage and the enduring legacy of the cattle ranching industry in the region. The rodeo had more than 45,000 visitors during its 4-day run in 2014.
There is a legend that says rodeo got its start when “one ranch said they had a horse that couldn’t be rode, and another ranch said they had a cowboy that couldn’t be thrown.” In that same spirit, the Clovis Rodeo Association will begin a month long celebration leading up to the 101st rodeo with a Ranch Rodeo competition on April 11. Giving local cowboys and cowgirls the opportunity to show off the skills they use every day on some of the many working ranches in the region. A Jackpot Roping will be held on Sunday, April 12, and the annual Rodeo Queen competition will be held on Saturday, April 18.
The Clovis Rodeo opens on Thursday, April 23, with the return of the PBR Bull Riding Touring Pro-Division and some of the rankest bulls and toughest up-and-coming cowboys in bull riding. Three days of all-out full throttle PRCA Silver Tour Rodeo action with some of the sports best cowboys will follow along with the popular Clovis Rodeo parade on Saturday, April 25.
Flint Rasmussen, PBR’s most popular barrelman, will be entertaining fans at the PBR on April 23. Barrelman Extraordinaire J.J. Harrison is returning to the Clovis Rodeo to entertain fans on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. Rodeo fans will also be entertained those three days by Condy Cavannaugh and his FMX Motorcycle Freestyle Specialty Act.
The Clovis Rodeo has grown into one of the top three rodeos in California and top fifteen across the nation. Considered one of the elite Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) sanctioned silver tour rodeos in California it is responsible for bringing some of the sport’s world champions and top cowboys to the state.
Tickets cost between $20 and $30 and can be purchased at clovisrodeo.com, at the Rodeo Ground’s ticket office that is located off Clovis Avenue between Bullard and Shaw, or by calling (559) 299-5203. The only events that do not require a ticket purchase are: The Ranch Rodeo, which will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 11; Jackpot Roping, which will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 4; and Queen’s Horsemanship, which will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 18. Parking is free for all events.
- Clovis Rodeo Association