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Town of La Grange to host 71st annual rodeo this Sunday
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Cowboys and spectators will gather this Sunday at La Grange for the 71st annual La Grange Rodeo. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

La Grange in eastern Stanislaus County will host the 71st annual La Grange Rodeo this Sunday, March 25.

The event offers a full day of slack roping and riding events starting 8 a.m. Sunday at the arena, 30433 Yosemite Boulevard east of La Grange. A Rodeo Queen crowning ceremony will take place around noon and the grand entry starts at 1 p.m. Spectators will watch bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping and calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. A goat scramble for kids 8 and under will allow the catcher of the goat to keep it.

You'll find plenty of food and refreshments to sample and lots of cowboy and cowgirl attire to help you put on the style.

Tickets are $15 at the gate, $10 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Pre-sale ticket prices are $12 and $8 available from a member of the La Grange Rodeo Association, Queen candidates, and selected local businesses. Call 417-0592 or 262-9103 for more information.

The earliest rodeo of the season, the La Grange Rodeo is also one of the oldest. In 1948 local ranchers organized the first one as part of the Centennial celebration for La Grange, Gold Rush town turned cow town. For more information visit