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How to have a rowdy rodeo weekend
Posted Oct. 3, 2008

Madison Steff
Editorial Director

Bulls, buckle bunnies and beer, oh my! That is right; the rodeo is back in town…well our neighboring town, that is.

This weekend, hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls will herd to Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas for the 14th annual San Dimas Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo.

Now, if you are interested in having a cowboy style rodeo weekend in this neck of the woods, I am about to tell you how.

Friday night, I suggest you take it easy because you are about to experience one hell of a weekend. Just to get you ready for what is in store, I suggest you pop in a nice little cowboy movie. Some of my favorites include “Lonesome Dove,” “The Searchers,” “Tombstone,” “My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys” and “8 Seconds.”

Be sure to wake up early on Saturday, throw on your boots and cowboy hats and head to the San Dimas Western Days parade, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade starts at Gladstone and San Dimas Avenue and travels down Bonita Avenue, then around Cataract Avenue. The San Dimas Western Days also offers food, shopping, games, rides, cowboy re-enactments and the Little Miss San Dimas Contest.

The rodeo events begin at 1 p.m. at Tex Shoemaker Rodeo arena, but get there early to find a good seat, and be ready for some wild and crazy cowboy fun.

The rodeo events include bareback riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and, last but far from least, bull riding.

After the rodeo is done for the day, I recommend heading over to Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, on Foothill Boulevard, and grubbing down on a “Cowgirl” (a one pound T-bone steak) or for those of you with hearty appetites, try your hand at the “Trail Boss” (the biggest cowboy steak—darn near two pounds). All meals include tossed green salad, cowboy beans and thick cut bread.

I should also warn you that Pinnacle Peak has a “no neck tie” policy, so if you show up with one on, be prepared to either take it off or for them to cut it off.

After dinner, head down the road to Montana’s, on Arrow Highway, for some good old fashioned line dancing and cocktails. The bar is 21 and over so leave the little ones at home.

Just to warn you, Montana’s also has a dress code forbidding sandals, baseball hats and bandannas. Also, fellas are not allowed to wear shorts but do not worry girls, they will gladly let you in wearing your smallest pair of daisy dukes.

When the bar closes up around 2 a.m., head on home and be ready to do it all again on Sunday.

For those of you who are up for it, wander on back to Tex Shoemaker Rodeo arena at 9 a.m. for Cowboy Church with Pastor Bob Harris. Or if you need a little time to recover from the night, feel free to sleep in, sip some coffee and pop some aspirin. When church, or your hangover are done and over with, mosey on back to the Western Days festivities, but be sure to make it back to the arena by 2 p.m. for the rodeo finale.

I hope ya’ll are ready for a fun filled rodeo weekend because I sure am. If you stick with my plan, you’ll be sure to have a good time and maybe even bump in to little old me.

Madison Steff, a senior communications major, is editorial director of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at madison.steff@laverne.edu.