Cattle drive kicks off Folsom Pro Rodeo

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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One of the last cattle drives in the state returned last week drawing from Folsom’s rich cattle and railroad heritage. Approximately 50 long-horn cattle trotted down Sutter Street for the Folsom Pro Rodeo kick-off celebration. “We were thrilled with the cattle drive event, it was very well received,” said Marcia Durst, event organizer. “I think it made a new element with the median being gone. It made it so much easier to see the cattle and parade participants. It was a great site to see.” Durst said approximately 3,000 to 4,000 people attended the cattle drive event. This year the drive ran a shorter route than previous years. Durst said cattle only ran down Sutter Street rather than the historic route, from Natoma Street to Coloma Street to Sutter Street, because the newly redesigned street allowed for more open space. “There were some questions on the shortened route, but that was to be expected with any change,” Durst said. “But, we were really pleased because there was plenty of room for viewing. It was actually a better experience for spectators. I think it was an improvement.” Folsom Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Gagliardi said the event was a great start to the rodeo. “We are excited about all the people out here,” Gagliardi said. “We are happy to see the rodeo coming to town.” Gagliardi also attended a cattle drive after-party sponsored by Folsom’s Leading Young Professionals at Powerhouse Pub on Sutter Street. People attending the celebration included Folsom city officials, business owners and rodeo sponsors. Locals also came out to watch the cattle run through the Historic District. Amy Doyon of Folsom came out with her daughter. “This is the first time we’ve been here; it’s so nice to have seen it with the newly revitalized street,” Doyon said. “We really had a fun time.” Hannah Hughes, 11, of Folsom also came out to watch the cattle drive with her family. “I had a lot of fun today,” Hughes said. “I love the bulls. It’s very patriotic, I love the rodeo.” Sutter Street merchant Penny Cloud walked outside to the street to watch the event. “It’s a bit of Americana. The spirit of America is here,” Cloud said. “I love the camaraderie of the rodeo.”