Folsom Rodeo is regional family tradition

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Patriotism, dust, fireworks and bulls brought many out to the Folsom Pro Rodeo over the three-day tradition, which wrapped up Sunday. The rodeo is a tradition for many to don their belt buckles and cowboy hats. Matt and Tiffany Hardcastle, of Roseville, said they have made the Folsom Pro Rodeo a tradition for their family. “We try to come out here every year,” Matt said. “Our favorite part is the bull riding. But we also like the mutton busting because they are so cute.” The mutton busters are young cowboys and cowgirls riding sheep. They hold onto the sheep for as long as possible, and after falling off the sheep, parents run out on the arena and pick up the young riders to cheer them up for their next attempt All the young riders received loud applause from the thousands of people in the crowd. Julie Handley-Marshall works at Handley’s Western Wear in Folsom with her family. She has attended the rodeo her entire life. “My family has been sponsoring the rodeo for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I’ve been born and raised at the rodeo and it feels like home whenever I come.” Many rodeo sponsors and Folsom city officials also attended the event. “I’ve been coming here for 20 years with my family,” said Folsom Mayor Andy Morin. “The rodeo is a combination of community spirit and tradition.” Gary Goings, service advisor with Folsom Lake Ford, attended the rodeo with his 5-year-old son Camden. “I wanted to bring him out,” Goings said. “I remember going to the rodeo when I was his age.” Camden said he had a fun time with his dad and even helped pick up empty plastic bottles and toss them in the recycle bin. “I like the bull riding,” Camden said. ”I liked it when they threw the ropes around the cows.” Reach Telegraph Staff Writer Laura Newell at