Cowboys, bucking broncs, Folsom Cattle Drive carry on town's rodeo tradition

Folsom ropes in cornerstone event with cattle drive, concert, parade, rodeo, fireworks
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Families lined the streets Thursday to catch a glimpse of longhorn steer making their way down Sutter Street, but first there was the fun run and parade.

The Folsom Cattle Drive kicked off the 52nd annual Folsom Pro Rodeo. With temperatures around the 90-degree mark, much milder than the previous year, many families hung around after the cattle drive for a concert at the amphitheater.

One band keeping the crowd entertained before the event was the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band & Temperance Society.

Catching up with one of the members, who would only go by the name “Rufus T. Whizzbang,” he said they always have a good time performing at the Cattle Drive.

“The Cattle Drive is fun,” he said. “There are a lot of enthusiastic people and they seem to enjoy our music a lot.”

No strangers to performing, the band has been around for decades.

“We are starting our 40th year of doing this,” he said. “Remember, Rufus is the master of disguise.”

For a video of the cattle drive, click here.

For a photo gallery of the cattle drive, click here.

For a photo gallery of the rodeo, click here.