61st annual Coarsegold Pro Rodeo taking place May 4 and 5

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There will be lots of exciting rodeo action at the scenic Bohna Arena in Coarsegold just south of Yosemite National Park with the 61st annual Coarsegold Pro Rodeo on May 4 and 5, according to the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Saddle-bronc riding is just one of many rodeo events taking place at the 61st Annual Coarsegold Pro Rodeo on May 4 and 5.

Saddle-bronc riding is just one of many rodeo events taking place at the 61st Annual Coarsegold Pro Rodeo on May 4 and 5.

The arena is the perfect setting as the Sierra Nevada foothills make a gorgeous backdrop to the rodeo action that really adds to the ambiance of the event

A long-running tradition returns to the town of Coarsegold, located about 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park, as the 61st annual Coarsegold Pro-Rodeo takes place May 4 and 5.

The rodeo will be held once again at Bohna Arena on Road 415 in Coarsegold, a venue known just as much for its beautiful views of the surrounding foothills as it is for the top-quality athletes that compete here.

“The arena is the perfect setting as the Sierra Nevada foothills make a gorgeous backdrop to the rodeo action that really adds to the ambiance of the event,” said Susanne Waite, president of the Coarsegold Rodeo Association.

“This is still an old fashioned, family-friendly event that brings back the old days of rodeo, and the guests and the competitors alike really appreciate that,” she said.

Action starts on Saturday, May 4 with the Exceptional Kids Rodeo at 10 am followed by a Grand Entry Procession lead by Pam Marshall. The California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association competitors will start competing at 3 pm.

The activities continue at 8 pm with the “Dance Under the Stars” with music form local DJ Terry Narcon providing Country and Southern Rock hits to set the stage right.

The rodeo resumes on Sunday at 9 am with the Cowboy Church with the Grand Entry starting at noon. The Rodeo Queen for 2013 will be crowned by 2012 title-holder Samantha Shier, followed by more intense rodeo action.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. There will be ample food and drinks sold by the local 4H club as well as other activities and attractions.

For more information, visit http://www.TheCoarsegoldRodeo.com or call 559-447-1944.

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