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California Rodeo Salinas opens for weekend packed with pro events

The Salinas California Rodeo opened its doors for a weekend full of events.

Residents and visitors toured the grounds in the first light of the evening as tractors prepared the driving surface for the competitors. In addition to the classic horse parade and cavalcade, the guests had the option of carnival rides and games for the youngest.

The first event of the weekend was the children’s stick horse race. Children as young as 3 years old brought their favorite toy stick horse to gallop along for prizes.

Cayden Scott of Visalia took to the rodeo to compete in his first stick horse race at the tender age of 3. His father Clay, a 35-year veteran of the team, was happy to visit Salinas.

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“It’s very homey and familiar and patriotic here,” he said.

Joseph Domínguez and his son Santino, 3 years old, are residents of Salinas with a family background in rodeo.

“My cousin used to win the calf dressing,” Dominguez said. “My little girl is competing now.”

It’s not just the family that took Domínguez and his son out this year.

“The cowboys and the action,” said Domínguez. “He’s been talking about it all day. He’s really excited and it’s a lot of fun.”

Visitors and competitors come from all over California to compete and enjoy the California Rodeo Salinas.

While some people come from all over California to compete and enjoy the Salinas Rodeo, there are others who travel far and wide to seek out the community.

For residents, the Salinas rodeo is a treasured memory. María Abundiz Ortiz and her daughter attended the opening night. Over the years, Ortiz has developed a few favorites, but his love for it all remains pretty simple.

“I love horses and saddle bronc,” he said. “But it’s all very nice and alive with entertainment and people and everything.”

Last year, the event raised $375,000 that went to local scholarships.

The Salinas California Rodeo will continue through the weekend, ending on Sunday. The full event schedule and tickets are available at carodeo.com.

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