Cowboys and cowgirls will be riding, wrangling and roping at the 76th annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo which starts Thursday, May 30 and runs through the weekend.
Participants are competing to earn enough points to make it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December.
Media director Johnna Clark said the rodeo’s community spirit is what sets it apart from other rodeos.
“The Elks Rodeo really is a celebration of the community and the heart of what makes the Central Coast so great to live,” said Clark. “It’s also an opportunity to make a difference.”
One of the many opportunities to make a charitable contribution includes the Golden Circle of Champions event, which raises money to help battle childhood pediatric cancer.
The rodeo is also hosting a breakaway roping event for the first time in its history. Rodeo champs are presented with shotguns and custom Yeti coolers.
Clark said there’s something for everyone at the Elks Rodeo, which includes the Western Marketplace, Rodeo Parade and Mariachis and Margaritas events.
For more, see the rode’s website.