Get Ready to Rodeo
Ramona Rodeo Brings Excitement for the Whole Family
The 38th annual Ramona Rodeo is coming to town May 18 through 20, and this year has a lot of entertainment lined up for rodeo fans to enjoy.
Ramona Main Street Parade
The weekend of patriotic events includes the Ramona Main Street Parade, which will be held Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Community Service,” and will honor law enforcement and first responders. There will be more than 100 participants in the parade.
The Grand Marshal is Darrell Beck, a longtime Ramona resident, author and expert on the history of Ramona.
The singing of the national anthem is always a moving performance, and this year’s lineup includes Amy Scruggs, who will perform Saturday evening, and 13-year old Ramona resident Alexavia Zetterberg, who will perform on Sunday to recognize Kids’ Day. The Friday night singer is still to be determined.
Also scheduled to entertain is Troy Lerwill, “The Wild Child.” Lerwill is a rodeo bull-fighter and barrel man who will keep event-goers at the edge of their seats as he performs his signature act of jumping over a Dodge Ram truck and trailer — which spans more than 60 feet long — on his dirt bike. Lerwill is a four-time PRCA Comedy Act of the Year winner and six-time PRCA Clown of the Year winner.
“He is exciting and good,” says Anderson. “He has won all kinds of awards and titles.”
Guests will also enjoy kicking up their boots with great country music from original Southern California honky-tonk band “Nancarrow.” The band will play Friday and Saturday night, following the rodeo, from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Singer and songwriter Graham Nancarrow is the son of the late San Diego TV journalist Loren Nancarrow.
“There is a tie back to San Diego,” says Anderson. “The band has won numerous awards and will be coming back from Nashville to play at the Ramona Rodeo. They are just phenomenal.” Anderson adds that seeing the band perform comes with the price of admission to the rodeo.
Kids’ day will take place Sunday to recognize all the little cowboys and cowgirls. A kids’ area will include rides, as well as a mechanical bull for youngsters to enjoy. Children will also be able to view different farm animals, such as sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits. It isn’t a petting zoo, but they’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals.Sunday will also feature junior barrel racing and mutton busting, which is organized at the local level and is similar to bull riding, in which children ride or race sheep.
Food, Drink and Merchandise
A variety of vendors will be at this year’s event, including barbeque food, funnel cakes, roasted corn, lemonade and a new hat vendor, just to name a few. And this year will include an upgrade that is sure to please guests — more vendors will be available to help ease long lines so rodeo-goers won’t miss the show.
Ramona Rodeo is a popular event that many look forward to each year. The event will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with the performances beginning at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the gates open at 2:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 4 p.m.
Anderson recommends purchasing tickets right away, as last year’s performances on Friday and Saturday nights sold out. Tickets and information may be found at www.ramonarodeo.net. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office on the rodeo grounds.
As guests line up to enter the rodeo, staff will be scanning tickets to help ease the long lines and get people in to start enjoying some good old-fashioned fun. “The Ramona Rodeo is a live view of Americana, part of our American heritage,” says Anderson. “Our grounds make for a more intimate experience, as your seats are right up on the arena, not pushed back away from the action.”
“Let’s get ready to rodeo!”
By Tiffany Pressler
2017 Ramona Rodeo Photos by John Jones
Get Ready to Rodeo!
Ramona Rodeo will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane.
Gates open at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday with performances beginning at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the gates open at 2:30pm, and the performance starts at 4 pm.
Tickets and information may be found at ramonarodeo.net. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office on the rodeo grounds.
About the Rodeo
Honeycutt Rodeo Company will be the stock contractor for the rodeo and has been recognized as one of the top contractors in the rodeo world. “We have high-quality cowboys and well-cared-for stock, which make for an exciting show,” says Chris Anderson, 2018 Ramona Rodeo chairperson and Ramona Outdoor Community Center president. “We have great animals coming.”
Professional rodeo announcer Bob Edmonds will keep the show on track. Edmonds grew up in a stock contracting family and learned right away the value of good rodeo production. With a lifetime of experience in the rodeo arena, his smooth, enthusiastic delivery of rodeo events will keep fans entertained and involved throughout the show.
Top participants from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) will be competing in the events of bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wresting, bull riding, team roping and barrel racing.