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Cattle make way down Sutter Street

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Drawing from its rich cattle and railroad heritage, one of the last cattle drives in the state returns this month. Approximately 50 long-horn cattle will trot down Sutter Street for the Folsom Pro Rodeo kick-off celebration. The Folsom Cattle Drive will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. The cattle drive has run through Folsom for 14 years. “Every year we evaluate what we are going to do, and hands down this is one of the favorite events in Folsom,” said Marcia Durst, event organizer. “Nothing says rodeo like a cattle drive down historic Folsom.” Durst said this year the drive will run a shorter route than previous years. She said cattle will only run down Sutter Street this year because the newly redesigned street allows for more open space. Durst said this free event is one of the few remaining cattle drives in the country that runs through a business district. “It’s definitely family oriented and the kind of thing you can really build memories on,” Durst said. Sutter Street merchants also enjoy the historic event that runs right through their front yard. Carolyn Custer is the store manager of Dorothea’s Christmas shop on Sutter Street. She said the longtime event has been a tradition for her family and friends. “We have been going to it since it started and the rodeo is our Fourth of July outing every year,” Custer said. “The cattle drive means Folsom to me.” Custer said it is unfortunate that the cattle’s historic route will change this year, but she is still happy that the drive is running through Folsom. “It’s a part of Folsom and you can’t mess with history,” she said. For more information on the cattle drive, visit folsomprorodeo.com. * * * FUN FACTS How many cattle? 50 head of long-horn cattle Where do the cattle come from? Flying U Rodeo Co. in Marysville Cow chow? All cattle eat at the “cattle station,” a grazing and watering area in the rodeo arena during the rodeo weekend. Clean up? About six pooper-scooper crewmembers will follow the cattle after the run to clean up the street. A city truck will usually follow later to further clean the streets.