Folsom Pro Rodeo – what to expect ?
Folsom Pro Rodeo is the best spot in to spend 4th of July this year! There’s nothing more American than rugged individualism epitomized to its fullest with the image of a cowboy at the rodeo. Clearly not everyone of us will ever have chance to ride horses and drive cattle, but we all can get a slice of that apple pie by vicariously enjoying a show on July 4th at Folsom.
The program slightly varies from year to year, however it is well organized and the spectacle worth every penny for what it is!
Two key-points to note while attending the Folsom Pro Rodeo, Sacramento, California:
1. It’s a good idea to pre-purchase the tickets through their official website beforehand. There are three seating options to choose from which vary very little in price:
Prime – Corral Club -metal seating – the setting sun won’t be hitting you straight into the cornea.
Choice – Reserved seating – wooden seating – the sun will still be of some annoyance (sunglasses and a hat are a must)
Select -General seating – you will be seated on the cement (bring a blanket) (sunglasses and a hat are a must)
2.Bring sealed water bottles and sunscreen (it’s Sacramento so most likely it will be hot & sunny!)
There is a bar that opens before the show and a few food stands available; don’t expect anything spectacular or gourmet, but if you hungry the vendors won’t let you starve.
Is this a good place to bring children?
Absolutely ! Here you will find a family oriented atmosphere, in fact they have a number in a program where little kids ride sheep!
Because of all the dust and potential heat we wouldn’t recommend it to parents with infants and toddlers, however kids past the age of 5 should enjoy it.
– MUTTON BUSTIN –
“Each evening of the Folsom Pro Rodeo, a group of brave cowboys and cowgirls test their skills by riding sheep! With a handful of wool, they attempt to stay on board while the sheep steps out of the chute and often just lays down. It’s a crowd favorite as they cheer for all of the contestants! Mutton busting is open to 5-6 year old youths.”
Don’t read the next paragraph if you don’t want to know all the details of the program. Expect a well organized show which will include a parachutist, Painted Ladies, mutton bustin, Cut that barrel, Flying cowboys, Bucking Broncos and Bulls. An occasional motorcycle show is oftentimes added to the program. A densely packed spectacle always culminates in a fireworks !
We read some negative reviews on Yelp about the Rodeo clown and the jokes he was making – yes some of them we corny, but I don’t think that people are going to Rodeos to be politically correct. Furthermore, their sound broadcasting system is not the best and it was hard to decipher what he was saying most of the time; so I wouldn’t worry about your kids hearing something inappropriate.
Expect a good time, family oriented crowd, some good country music and a really enjoyable atmosphere!
“Well it’s bulls and blood
It’s dust and mud
It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd
It’s the white in his knuckles
The gold in his buckle
He’ll win the next go ’round
It’s boots and chaps
It’s cowboy hats
It’s spurs and latigo
It’s the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo”
– Garth Brooks