Save the Date for Redding Rodeo 2022!
Returning to its regularly scheduled May dates this year, the 74th annual Redding Rodeo will take place May 14-21 at the Redding Rodeo Grounds. Redding Rodeo is a historic tradition that connects northern California with its western roots.
Redding Rodeo History
In 1949, Shasta County Sherriff John Balma had the brilliant idea to host a rodeo in Redding, after an amateur rodeo in Anderson had great success. Balma made major contributions to rodeo after starting this event, as well. Balma helped form what is now known as the SixPac Rodeo group, which consists of the six major rodeos in the state of California; and he served as the SixPac president for many years.
Redding Rodeo has made history on multiple occasions and continues to be one of the premier rodeos in California and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. On May 20, 1988, Redding Rodeo witnessed Lane Frost become the first cowboy to ride the unrideable bull, Red Rock, as the third stop of the Challenge of Champions event. In 2013, the event had the honor of hosting the inaugural Wrangler Champions Challenge; and as a long-standing member of the Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour, the event was selected to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2016. What began as a one-day rodeo and one-night dance has grown to include four days of professional rodeo, the Redding Rodeo Steak Feed and Dance, and many other auxiliary events.
74th Annual Redding Rodeo
The 2022 Redding Rodeo will consist of four nights of action and fun with three nights of PRCA rodeo events and one night of Extreme Bulls and Barrels. Contestants will compete in bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and barrel racing.
On Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m., the Extreme Bulls and Barrels competition will take place. Thursday, May 19, will be Family Night at Redding Rodeo; Friday, May 20, will be Think Pink Night for breast cancer awareness; and Saturday, May 21, will be Armed Forces Night honoring our military.
In addition to the action-packed nights of rodeo competition, there will be a number of events throughout the week to keep you busy.
The annual Steak Feed and Dance, to be held Saturday, May 14, from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., will kick off the 2022 Redding Rodeo with good food, good music, and good friends. The event will serve hundreds of guests a BBQ steak, cowboy beans, a baked potato, salad, bread, and refreshing beverages before allowing them to dance the night away.
At the Steak Feed and Dance, 150 children will get to compete in mutton busting. 48 kids from the 150 will be randomly drawn to compete in one of the four rodeo performances later in the week. Registration for Mutton Busting opens on April 1st. Please follow Redding Rodeo on Facebook and Instagram, or check back on their website for updates. The application will be done online.
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The Special Kids Day will invite those with special needs out to experience the rodeo on Monday, May 16, at 9 a.m, and the YOLO Redding Jackpot Barrel Race will offer guests the chance to watch barrel racing for free on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.
After the first PRCA performance on Thursday night, the Asphalt Cowboys will host a pancake breakfast Friday, May 20, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Roaring Gulch. Right after the pancake breakfast, Chicks N Chaps will kick off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the delicious Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Asphalt Cowboys, make sure to mark your calendars for the Redding Rodeo Parade in downtown Redding on May 21, 2022, which is also sponsored by the Asphalt Cowboys.
Tickets for the 74th annual Redding Rodeo are on sale now. Rodeo performance tickets range from $20 to $75, and VIP parking can be purchased for $10 when buying tickets. Tickets and parking passes will go fast, so you’ll want to purchase them soon! VIP parking permits for Saturday, May 21, are already sold out. Tickets for the annual Steak Feed and Dance are $25/per adult.
All tickets can be purchased on the Redding Rodeo website found here or by calling the Rodeo Ticket Office at (530) 241-8559. By calling the ticket office to purchase, you can get discounted children’s tickets for Family Night on Thursday, May 19.
Cowboy Lifestyle Network knows that Redding Rodeo 2022 is sure to be a great time for all filled with fun and excitement, and we hope to see everyone out to support their favorite rodeo cowboys and enjoy the fun in northern California this May! In addition, stay tuned for more event announcements by checking out Redding Rodeo on your favorite social platforms.