May 21--The 81st annual Marysville Stampede kicks off with an event this evening and will continue through Memorial Day weekend with cattle drives, rodeos and high-flying motocross tricks.
The lineup of events is as follows:
--A reception for a special exhibit, "A Tribute to Cotton Rosser and the Marysville Stampede," will open today at 5:30 p.m. at the Sutter Performing Arts Theater Gallery at 753 Plumas Street, Yuba City.
The free event will last until 8 p.m. and feature cowboy poetry, Western music, finger foods courtesy of Stephen's Farmhouse and beer tasting from Sutter Buttes Brewing.
--The Yuba City Cattle Drive will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The drive will start at Bridge Street and Tharp Avenue and move toward Harter Parkway.
--The fifth annual Sodbusters -- a dinner and dance fundraiser -- is set for 6 p.m.-midnight Friday at Cotton Rosser Pavilion in Beckwourth Riverfront Park on Biz Johnson Drive, Marysville.
Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at River Valley Community Bank, Sutter Community Bank or Cotton's Cowboy Corral. A table for 10 can be reserved for $500.
Guests will be treated to a steak or chicken dinner while listening to live music from Left of Centre, the house band for a Toby Keith bar in Las Vegas.
--Saturday will start with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Marysville Kiwanis Club at 8 a.m. at the Silver Dollar Saloon at 330 First Street, Marysville.
The cattle drive starts at 9 a.m. and will take longhorn steer through downtown Marysville.
The route will take the cattle south on D Street from Sixth Street, west on First Street under the E Street Bridge, up and over the levee and into Beckwourth Riverfront Park before reaching Cotton Rosser Pavilion.
--Opening night of the two-day Marysville Stampede gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cotton Rosser Pavilion.
Spectators will be treated to the American flag arriving via Kent Lane, who will be parachuting into the area with the flag waving behind him.
Events include wild horse races, American bullfighting, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, bareback and saddle bronc riding and bull riding.
Kids 10 and under will be invited into the arena to search for $1 gold-colored coins.
There will also be a mutton busting competition that will feature 4- to 7-year-old children trying to hold on for eight second while riding a sheep.
Bobby Kerr, and his mustang, Poncho, will be performing an act.
A local team roping event finals is also planned.
The Flying Cowboys will be performing high-flying freestyle motocross tricks before a patriotic fireworks show concludes the evening.
The rodeo continues May 25 at 5:30 p.m. and will feature all of the same events planned for Saturday.
CONTACT reporter Andrew Creasey at 749-4780 and on Twitter @AD_Creasey.
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