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76th Santa Maria Elks Rodeo continues Saturday with annual parade

Posted: 7:33 PM, Jun 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-01 22:34:58-04

A celebration of rodeo culture continued Saturday as part of the 76th annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and parade.

Several roads were closed Saturday to make way for the annual rodeo parade.
The parade ran along Broadway near Highway 135 and featured several bands, floats, horses and a color guard.

Participants competed to earn enough points to make it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December.

The list of winning floats includes:

BEST OVERALL FLOAT – TRI COUNTIES REMOTE CONTROL MODELERS

 

BEST MUSICAL UNIT   – TOMMIE KUNST JR. HIGH SCHOOL BAND

 

BEST COMMUNITY ENTRY   – SANTA MARIA MODEL A CLUB

 

BEST MOUNTED GROUP – KINGS COUNTY SHERIFF’S POSSE

 

BEST YOUTH ENTRY – FIRST 3512 SPARTATRONIKS ROBOTICS TEAM

“It definitely brings us together. We’re able to see each other, people you aint seen in a while, they’re out here. I believe that it definitely reflects who we are as a whole, basically,” said Eleazar Ponce, a Santa Maria resident.

The rodeo continues with events all day Sunday. For more information, click here .