Jul 17, 2013 8:35 PM by Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News

Cattle Drive kicks off Mid-State Fair

It's a Paso Robles tradition to kick off the Mid-State Fair with a community cattle drive where local cowboys, cowgirls and community leaders push the cattle being used in the livestock events to the fairgrounds.

It really is one of those "only on the Central Coast" kind of deals.

It's all for fun, but there is no room for error driving 100 head of cattle right through town with a hodgepodge crew to help. Fortunately, there weren't too many mishaps.

The thing about the Central Coast is there is no shortage of people who are the real deal when it comes to doing the things cowboys do.

"Absolutely, it's what the fair is all about -- the cowboys, cowgirls, horses, the western part, and that's the best part of it," says Pat Montgomery from Creston.

Not all of the people who coordinate this thing are like 9-year old Harrison Orradre, who grew up on horses.

"Well, there's cattle in the front and we'll ride and push 'em to the fair," he explains.

He and his steady steed, Whiskey, know what they're doing, but not all of us are so skilled. Even with the best of the best surrounding us, there is room for error. And this year, those came right at the beginning.

"Some are not quite as skilled, but we get out there with them and we do the best we can," says Chief Robert Burton,Paso Robles Police Department.

We lost three head right off the bat, but the steady cowboys we were with got them back and the herd pretty much stayed in line the rest of the way.

It didn't take long for everyone to get into a team, and a cruise right through town offered the opportunity to say howdy to friends.

"Hi guys! How are you?" San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson yells to someone in the crowd.

"I do it because we help get cattle into town and it's a little piece of Americana that's a lot of fun. I look forward to doing this as often as I can," says Patty King of Paso Robles.

"This cattle drive represents our community in the city of Paso Robles. We're a rural community and we've been doing it for years and it really represents," says King.



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