Rodeo Starts Thursday July 20 & Ends Sunday July 23, 2017
The excitement heats up when the professional rodeo comes town at the Salinas Sports Complex on July 20. Experience all the thrills and chills during the four-day, 2017 California Rodeo Salinas event, which features evening PRCA competitions on the 20th and 21st followed by day time eliminations on the 22nd and 23rd. The California Rodeo Salinas is also special in that the event donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to local non-profit organizations and provides scholarships to area youth.
The California Rodeo Salinas has a huge economic impact on local businesses, and also benefits local non-profits each year.
History of the California Rodeo Salinas
The competition began in 1911 and was originally known as the Wild West Show. One year later, 4,000 spectators watched as cowboys and cowgirls from the community attempted to outdo each others time while riding bucking broncos. By 1914, the annual event was renamed the California Rodeo. During the 1940s, celebrity western stars began attending the event. Brahma bull riding was also introduced into the competition. Since that time, the pageantry, the number of events and competitors have gradually increased.
The PRCA Competitors
The California Rodeo Salinas in Salinas, CA ranks in the top 20 rodeos presented in the United States. The event attracts more than 700 male and female western competitors from around the country. All compete in hopes of winning part of the approximately $400,000 in cash prizes along with the gold and silver Salinas belt buckle.
Additional Activities and Events
The fun begins long before the Salinas, CA PRCA events begin. On July 14, the carnival opens and rebel rocker Kid Rock performs. On the 15th, all have the chance to attend the Kiddie Kapers and the Colmo del Rodeo parades. July 20th events include a performance by Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. The mutton busting and stick horse race competitions also begin. Additional events include daily freestyle bullfighting, horse parades and horse shows.
Tickets and Deals
The sports complex has grandstand and box office tickets available for the Kid Rock concert and daily rodeo events. Tickets are available for the concert and the California Rodeo Salinas at the Salinas Sports Complex Box Office on:
1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, CA
Call: 800-549-4989 for more information
About Salinas, California
The city lies just outside of the Bay area along the west-central region of the state. Salinas is also a mere eight miles from the Pacific Coast. Along with the annual rodeo, other local attractions include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the National Steinbeck Center and Oldtown Salinas.
Local television stations provide event coverage. The Cowboy Lifestyle Network, the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Earnhardt Auto Centers Road Team will all be in attendance to capture the action as it unfolds.