Jul 16, 2013 9:42 PM

No Place Like Home: Mid-State Fair Cattle Drive

One of the kick-off events for the Mid State fair brings out all kinds of cowboys, cowgirls, and crowds to cheer them on. We're talking about the annual cattle drive.

Tomorrow morning, the streets of Paso Robles will be filled with cattle. And this tradition is definitely more proof there is No Place Like Home.

There are fairs all over the world. but only in Paso Robles do they get started like this Mid-State Fair does...with a tradition that celebrates the roots of the community and the wild west that still exists here.

Paso is a place where the big GMC dealership in town has more cattle than cars on the lot. But not many are owned by cowboys like Mark Borjon who believes in tradition. "It was a one time deal that is still continuing today." says Barjon who's been hosting the send-off for almost 25 years now. "The streets will be crowded, everyone has a good time."

Rowley and Cathie Twisselman provide the livestock for fair rodeo events, and they also supply a lot of city slickers with the opportunity to play cowboy for a day. They coordinate horses. "We brought 17 in total today" says Rowley. And they have coordinated one heck of a fun way to deliver livestock. "Why put such effort into this?" I ask him. "Because they asked me to." he answers.

The people who mount up for this adventure are as diverse as the terrain of the central coast. From city leaders to Cayucos surfers.

There are about 100 head of cattle that need to be moved to the fairgrounds and that doesn't come without some mishaps. "You know'weve chased cattle all the way to the golf course at times" chuckles Borjon.

You couldn't do this without Real-McCoy cowboys, and thankfully the we have some of the best in the world, right in our own backyard. Which is why traditions like this one can continue, and why There's No Place Like Home.



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