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Rodeo tickets available at: www.folsomprorodeo.com Reserved seating (available online only): $22.50 General seating adults: $19 General seating children: $15 Fourth of July family package: $50 (includes four adult general admission tickets, four sodas, four hot dogs and four tickets for carnival rides) For more information, call 985-2698

Schedule of events
TODAY
Cattle drive: At high noon, the Folsom cattle drive begins at the Folsom City Park and ends in historic Folsom along Sutter Street. Best viewing for the free family event will be along Sutter Street.

THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Folsom Pro Rodeo: Featuring bucking bulls and broncs with attitude, the rodeo begins nightly at 7 p.m. Other favorite events include mutton busting, barrel racing and clown antics. Each night spectacular in-arena fireworks will entertain rodeo fans. Nightly live music at Mike's Golden Spike Saloon will feature the Dave Russell Band. The gates open at 6 p.m. The Rodeo is held at the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena in the Folsom City Park, corner of Natoma and Stafford streets.

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It’s only eight seconds, but bull riding is the most dangerous rodeo event. In fact, it's considered more dangerous than auto racing, giant slalom skiing and skydiving.

What’s inside your Guide to Folsom Pro Rodeo 2008
Cattle Drive..........................4 Rodeo Preview......................6 Rodeo Economics..................8 Flag Tribute.........................10 Mutton Busting...................12 Rodeo Facts.......................14 Tie-Down Roping................16 Rodeo Queen.....................18 Rodeo Band.......................20 Tough Enough to Wear Pink...................................22

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Cattle drive kicks off rodeo festivities
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olsom’s traditional cattle drive is a salute to its wild west past when cattle ranches spread across the area. It also kicks off the city’s patriotic holiday signature event – the Folsom Pro Rodeo, which takes place Thursday through Saturday. At high noon today, cowboys on horseback will round up longhorn cattle and move them down historic Sutter Street. The raised sidewalks of Sutter Street will provide safe viewing (especially for young children) for this must-see event. Longhorn steers from the Flying U Rodeo Company will be herded down city streets from the Folsom City Park accompanied by costumed gunslingers, horse drill units, western folks, horse drawn wagons, carriages and local dignitaries. There will be a special appearance by the original Wells Fargo Stagecoach drawn by six horses. A free “pre-cattle drive”

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Longhorn steers will be herded down the streets of Folsom starting today at high noon.

show, which will feature horse drill units who are participating in the event, will take place at 9 a.m. in the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena. The Cattle Drive will leave the Folsom City Park

about 11:30 a.m. and travel up Natoma Street, turn right at Coloma Street and finally a left at Sutter Street for the final leg of the journey to the Folsom Historic District. The Folsom Pro Rodeo

takes place Thursday through Saturday at the Folsom City Park. Rodeo tickets and information are available at Folsomprorodeo.com. For information, call 9852698.

Stagecoach joins cattle drive
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The Wells Fargo Stagecoach is ready to roll through Folsom.

he Wells Fargo Stagecoach, a symbol of the American West, comes today as it joins the Folsom Pro Rodeo cattle drive beginning at noon. In the 1860s, Wells Fargo paid $1,100 each for the best stagecoaches made by AbbotDowning Company of Concord, N.H. The egg-shaped body rested on leather thoroughbraces, giving the 2,200pound coach a rocking motion

– “a cradle on wheels,” said Mark Twain. A cross-country ride by Wells Fargo stage in the 1860s cost $300 and took two weeks day and night. Wells Fargo’s Great Overland lines stretched from Cisco to North Platte, Nebraska, and headed north to Boise, Idaho and Fort Benton, Montana. A Wells Fargo overland stage averaged 5 mph, changing horses every 12 miles, and stopping for a bite to eat at Home Stations 45 miles apart.

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Taking the bull by the horns
Pro cowboys compete in 7 different events
Special to the Telegraph t’s the 48th year for the Folsom Pro Rodeo, a Sacramento area patriotic tradition with wild west flair, which begins its three-day run Thursday. The seven-event PRCA sanctioned rodeo events are saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping barrel racing. The rodeo also features mutton busting, rodeo clowns and lots of old-fashioned western action. Gates open at 6 p.m. Kicking off the weekend celebration today at noon, is the traditional Folsom Cattle Drive. Prior to the Cattle Drive at 9 a.m. in the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena located in Folsom City Park, several of the horse equestrian teams will show off their skill by performing routines. The public is invited to attend this free event. Following the Cattle Drive, there will be entertainment by the El Dorado Outlaws, refreshments, face painting, an inflatable water slide, youth activities sponsored by Radio Disney and more at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, 200 Wool St. The Folsom Visitors Center, also located in the historic train depot, will host an open house. Rodeo tickets may be purchased. The rodeo begins nightly at 7 p.m. with timed events such as steer wrestling, followed at

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Steer wrestling is one of seven different PRCA-sanctioned events slated for the Folsom Pro Rodeo.

8:15 p.m. by riding events, including the popular bull and bronc riding. Other favorite events include mutton busting, barrel racing and clown antics. John Payne, the “OneArmed Bandit” will be on hand to show off his expert horsemanship as he rounds up buffalo and horses and herds

them to the top of his elevated trailer. In addition to the rodeo action, there will be in-arena fireworks nightly. Just as the rodeo finishes and the fireworks fade each night, Mike’s Golden Spike Saloon will host live music. The popular Dave Russell

Band will offer country and rock and roll entertainment. Admittance to the saloon is free for rodeo fans. The rodeo provides fundraising opportunities for many community and youth organizations. The rodeo also funds many programs of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.

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By Roger Phelps
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n the Old West’s cattledriven world, roundup was the time serious establishment’s south winmoney could get made. dow – never fails to draw a It’s the same today in crowd. Folsom, as the annual Pro “When you’ve got cows Rodeo will coming down put pesos in the street, pockets from people old Sutter watch,” Street to the McGourty newer reaches said. “We of East profit from Bidwell that. It’s Street. already good, “It does but it’s better definitely go in Rodeo beyond Sutter Week.” Street,” said Joe Sharon Gagliardi, Williams of Chamber of event organizCommerce er Folsom president and Chamber of chief execuCommerce. tive officer, But, Sutter said his Street is just a organization pleasant walk has studied from Dan economic Russell Arena impact from on Stafford the annual ROBERT SCOTT/THE TELEGRAPH Street, site of event. Ronald Thompson of Fair the rodeo, “In a 2004 Oaks tries on a Rodeo first put on in King hat at Handley's study, we 1960. learned that Western Wear at 314 E. “It does there was a Bidwell St. in Folsom. bring people $1.6 million to town, and impact on whatever brings people to Folsom, money people Folsom is good for my spend while they’re here – business,” said Teresa Yost, on restaurants, places to proprietor of the As Time stay and shopping,” Goes By antique-inspired Gagliardi said. furnishings shop near Sutter Still, the rodeo’s evening and Riley streets in Old hours can’t tend to help out Town. each and every business in Brenda McGourty, mantown, even on Sutter Street. ager of the Hacienda Del At The Fire House clothRio restaurant, said the run- ing store, proprietor Rick ning of cattle down Sutter Cunningham said rodeo Street by rodeo personnel – crowds of old arrived in pretty much right under her Folsom during his shop’s

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open hours, but not so much any more. “Years ago, most would come early (but in later years) I never saw one nickel, it starts so late,” Cunningham said. Over on the other edge of modern-day but preexpansion Folsom, on inner East Bidwell Street, stands a business that – well, if it didn’t prosper during Rodeo Week, that would just seem like a goldarn shame.

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Falling stars

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Kent Lane, an expert skydiver, will parachute into the rodeo arena with a 2,000-square-foot American flag in tow.

Skydiver set to drop into rodeo arena trailing huge American flag
A stirring red, white and blue salute will take place at the Folsom Pro Rodeo, set for Thursday through Saturday. Kent Lane, skydiver extraordinaire, will drop from the sky each night trailing a 2,000 square foot American flag during the Folsom Pro Rodeo. During a short free-fall from 4,500 feet, Lane speaks to the audience via a helmet mounted radio system, deploys a canopy and lowers the flag. He guides the parachute and flag to a soft landing in the middle of the rodeo arena. A six-person ground crew respects the giant flag by whisking it off the ground the moment it touches the arena. Lane builds his own flags from lightweight nylon parachute fabrics.

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Mutton busters ready to ride
Contest often harder than participants think
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ull riding is what many people come to see at rodeos, but in Folsom mutton busting is also a crowd-pleasing event. Every year brave 5- and 6-year-old boys and girls grab a hold of the sheep’s fur and hang on for dear life. Like real cowboys and cowgirls, a few hang on for a few seconds, while others fall off much sooner than they anticipated. Most participants think mutton busting will be easy and this year is no different. Andrew Dunbar, a 5-year-old El Dorado Hills resident tipping the scales at 41 pounds, is confident in his ability to bust a mutton. “I’m going to hold on for 87 seconds,” Dunbar said. “I think it will be easy. I’m going to hold on to the bottom. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Dunbar saw mutton busting at the Auburn rodeo in May and is very excited to take his turn on July 3. His family went to the Folsom rodeo last year for the first time and enjoyed it. “I was very impressed,” Dunbar’s mom, Cheree, said. “I liked the guy who parachuted in with the American flag. The kids look forward to it and have a great

time.” Cheree said her son has been practicing riding a barrel with carpet wrapped around it at home in preparation for the actual contest. “He does a pretty good job of holding on to it, but I’m sure it’s probably a little easier than the actual thing,” Cheree said. “He’s really excited about it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn’t chicken out and decide not to do it.” Dunbar will be dressed in chaps and a vest when his mutton busting debut comes. If he wins, he’s already got his eye on what he wants to buy with the prize money: a pool. Folsom’s Adam Crandall, a 5-year-old weighing in at 49 pounds, is equally excited about the competition. He’ll be going up against Dunbar, as both compete on July 3. Crandall’s a bit more realistic then Dunbar. “I think it will be hard,” Crandall said. “I’m going to hold on to his belly for eight seconds.” Unlike Dunbar, Crandall may have an advantage in that he's been practicing with a live “sheep.” “I’ve been riding my brother around,” Crandall said of his 8-year-old sibling, Jack. “I don't ride CJ (his older brother) around because he’s never on the ground.”

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Folsom’s Adam Crandall, 5, is decked out and ready to ride some mutton at the Folsom rodeo.

Crandall will be decked out in his cowboy gear come game day. While dad, Curt, thinks his son will be nervous, Crandall’s mom, Beth, was quick to follow with a dissenting opinion. If he wins, Crandall said he’s looking to pick up a dirt bike with his winnings.

KNOW YOUR RODEO
To fully enjoy the rodeo, fans should know rodeo terminology. The following is a list of rodeo terms to expand the viewer’s knowledge. Barrier: A rope stretched across the front of the box from which the roper or steer wrestler’s horse emerges. This rope is attached to the steer or calf and allows the animal a head start. Bronc rein: Rein attached to the horse’s halter for balance while riding a saddle bronc. Chute: The pen that holds the animal in order for the rider to get on and prepare for his ride. Dally: A turn at the end of the rope around the saddle horn after the animal is caught. Hazer: A cowboy who rides beside a steer on the opposite sided of the steer wrestler. His job is to keep the steer running straight and close to the contestant's horse. Pickup man: A mounted cowboy who helps the rider off of a bronc when the ride is completed. The pickup man also removes the flank strap from the bronc and leads it out of the arena. Re-ride: Another ride given to a bronc or bull rider when the first ride is ruled by judges as unsatisfactory. Reasons for granting a re-ride: being “fouled” on the chutes or the horse failing to buck hard enough to give the rider a fair chance. Rank: A bull or bronc that is hard to ride. Rowel: Circular, notched portion of a spur. To be used in rodeo competition, the rowel must be dull. In the bareback and saddle bronc riding, rowels must be loose in order to roll over the horse’s hide. In the bull riding, the rowels are loosely locked to help the bull rider stay on. Score: The length of the head start given to the steer or calf in the timed events. Slack: A time, usually late at night or early in the morning, other than during the performance when the “extra” contestants compete in the rodeo. There are only 8-12 slots in each rodeo performance for each event, when more contestants enter than can compete in the performances, they compete in “slack.”

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Rodeo facts
The first Folsom Rodeo was held in 1960. The Folsom Rodeo is always held surrounding the July 4 holiday. More than $75,000 has been raised at the rodeo in the last few years for community groups who help out at the rodeo. More than 90 people are needed each night to run the rodeo. Folsom City Park’s Dan Russell Rodeo Arena was named after the founder of the Folsom Rodeo. Russell was a longtime Folsom cattle rancher. The Folsom Pro Rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and has seven action-filled events including bull riding, bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down competition, barrel racing and team roping. Each year the Chamber holds a contest to select people to sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” during the rodeo. The Folsom Pro Rodeo provides nearly $1.6 million economic boost to the community.
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This cowboy leans back as the bareback bronc tries to buck him off.

Fireworks to paint arena in patriotic color
Special to the Telegraph An explosive display of color with everything from fountains and comets to flame columns and special effects all set to music will take place nightly inside the arena of the Folsom Pro Rodeo set for Thursday through Saturday. Pyro Spectacular, known for its breathtaking display of fireworks at the Olympics in Salt Lake City, is bringing its expertise to the Folsom Pro Rodeo. On Fourth of July, there will be no aerial display because of the tightening regulations from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The Folsom Chamber believes the safety of the community and neighbors of the rodeo to be of utmost importance especially since fire danger is expected to be high this summer. After careful consideration, the Chamber has decided to limit the traditional fireworks display to within the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena.

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Fireworks will be contained to Dan Russell Arena this year.

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After giving the calf a predetermined head start, horse and rider give chase in the Tie-down Roping event.

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Queen of the arena
Orangevale’s royal resident presides over rodeo
By Amanda Drew
Special to the Telegraph

he’s tall, has full brown hair and a horse named Breezy. Meet Folsom’s rodeo queen: Lydia Leanos. “When I first met her, she just had that classy, rodeo queen appearance,” said Jennifer MaciasSweeney, founder of Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers, a group sponsoring Leanos. “I could tell she would go far." It has been several years since Folsom has had a rodeo queen, one reason being that it takes a great deal of work to get young women to apply, MaciasSweeney said. Macias-Sweeney sought Leanos out herself to bring a “queen” back to the Folsom rodeo and to provide a launching pad for Leanos’ future rodeo competitions. “In meeting Lydia and knowing she has held other queen titles, I def initely knew she could go for a state title,” Macias-Sweeney said. And go for the title she will. In October, Leanos plans to run for Miss Rodeo of California for 2009 with the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association. “This is a dream come true,” Leanos said. “I really am honored.” Leanos has competed in several rodeo queen contests with the crowning

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glory being chosen as the 2007 California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Queen. As CCPRA queen, she traveled throughout California appearing in various rodeos and representing the cowboys and cowgirls of the professional association. She won the title of Miss Tri-County Rodeo Queen in 2004. She has competed in the Miss Auburn Wild West Stampede and the Miss Marysville Rodeo Queen contest. Qualif ications like appearance, personality, horsemanship and personal interviews are taken into account when selecting a rodeo representative. “It’s important to be able to ride for almost all of my responsibilities,” said Leanos, who has been horse riding since she was 11. She will be riding her mare Breezy at the Folsom rodeo. Leanos grew up in San Rafael, riding her horses on the weekends, and over time developing a passion to ride. Leanos moved “kicking and screaming” with her family to Orangevale when she was 15, but now refers to her town as a delightfully small piece of country surrounded by city. She recently graduated from Sierra College with an associate degree in liberal arts. Leanos will be at the Folsom rodeo on horseback assisting with events in and out of the arena. Between

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Orangevale’s Lydia Leanos is this year’s rodeo queen.

her duties, Leanos imagines she just might sign a few autographs, too. In the meantime, Leanos will be promoting the rodeo every chance she gets. She recently attended a rodeo in Marysville and the Susan G. Komen Rodeo for breast cancer awareness and will be attending a rodeo in Reno this week. “I love it. I love being able to represent this sport

and hold a position where people want to hear what I have to say,” Leanos said. “And hopefully, I am someone that little girls can look up to.” Macias-Sweeney is confident in the rodeo queen. “I believe in her,” Macias-Sweeney said. “She has it all. She has the qualifications for CCPRA and ultimately for Miss Rodeo America.”

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Dave Russell Band returns to the rodeo
By Jim Ratajczak
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he Dave Russell Band, a full-fledged Folsom favorite, will return for the 48th annual Folsom Pro Rodeo to ensure goers have a boot-scootin’ good time. “We’re extremely excited,” said Sally Howard of the Folsom Chamber Commerce. “He’s a star in his own right. It can’t get any better than the rodeo and music from the Dave Russell Band.” The band has established strong local ties because of its frequent performances at the PowerHouse Pub, Concert in the Park and of course, the Folsom Pro Rodeo. “The fan base we have there is phenomenal,” said lead singer Dave Russell. “To be able to play there is an honor. Folsom has pretty much become my adopted town.” Russell isn’t just some wannabe performer who honed his skills at karaoke night. He was a two-time male vocalist champion on “Star Search.” He’s been a professional vocalist since 1993. He’s played his music from sea to shining sea. The band has 150 years of combined experience. So when he plays at the 2008 rodeo, Russell expects his expertise will help keep the party going. “I may never be one of the world’s greatest singers,” he said. “But when I get on stage, I want to be the world’s greatest performer.” The Dave Russell Band is billed as a country act, but the group pulls out all the stops to make sure everybody goes home with a smile. “We hit it hard, we hit it fast,” said Russell. “We want to give them as much high energy, danceable music as possible. We will do Jimi Hendrix, Santana, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ - we play musically diverse shows.” The Dave Russell Band will play all three nights of the Folsom Pro Rodeo, July 3-5. The band will take the stage twice each night - 6-7 p.m. before the rodeo begins and after the festivities until midnight at Mike’s Golden Spike Saloon. For more informaThe Dave Russell Band will perform at the Folsom rodeo. tion, visit folsomprorodeo.com.

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Real cowgirls wear pink
By Sarah Nowshiravan
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he theme of the 48th annual Folsom Rodeo f inale on Saturday night will be “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” A portion of profits from tickets sold will be given to the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, in honor of Albie Carson. The Albie Aware Foundation has been active since the unexpected death of Albie Carson in 2002. Carson died of breast cancer shortly after being told the cancer was in remission. The foundation

provides testing such as MRI’s and PETscans for patients that cannot afford to do so. “Too many people do not get what they need, so we do it,” said Doug Carson, chairman and founder of the Albie Carson Breast Cancer Foundation. “Be an activist, push for your own health and always ask why.” The mission of Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation is to save more lives and empower people with breast cancer through awareness, education and support. “We are a local charity that emphasizes Northern California as a communi-

ty with services that are given directly to you,” said Cindy Love, the executive director of Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation. “Our first step towards the prevention of breast cancer is to advocate early screening and regularly.” A charity with such a strong focus on awareness, prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer explains why Folsom Chamber selected the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at Handley’s Western Wear, Boot Barn Stores, Folsom Chamber of Commerce and the Folsom Visitors Center.

Round ‘em up, cowboy
A cowboy rounds up some horses for the bareback riding competition at last year’s rodeo. Bareback riding is one of seven rodeo events, along with bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, tiedown roping and team roping.
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