Stampede kicks off Folsom Pro Rodeo

By: Laura Newell Telegraph Staff Writer
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The Folsom Cattle Drive and the Running of the Bullipedes kicked off the 50th Folsom Pro Rodeo weekend Thursday with a full crowd lining both sides of Sutter Street. “I came out to see the cows. I love watching them,” said Rita Regan, a Folsom resident. As the Star Spangle Banner concluded, this year’s rodeo Grand Marshals Jim “Digger” Williams and his wife, Sharon, rode into the parade first on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. More than 30 long-horn cattle plodded down Sutter Street before the start of the parade. Keeping the crowd entertained were the Ophir Prison Band, Pony Express riders, Mutton Busters, The Painted Ladies, nonprofit organizations and cowboys. This year, the cattle drive started later in the day to avoid excessive heat, and the turnout was well accepted. Michael and Danielle Anderson, of Folsom, were able to attend the event this year because of the later time and bring a first-timer, their 18-month-old daughter, Lillian. “We go to the rodeo every year, but this is the first year we came out to the cattle drive,” Danielle said. “We wanted to bring the little one because we thought she’d have fun.” While Michael said his daughter is a little too young for the rodeo weekend, he was glad his family could attend the kick-off events. As crowds cheered, another rodeo first-timer, Olivia Wright, 3, watched the parade with her dad, Stuart Wright. “She is excited to see the cows,” Stuart said about his daughter, who came wearing her red cowgirl hat. Orangevale resident Carrie Wroblewski came out with her family and said the Cattle Drive was everything they expected. “I give it an A plus on safety. It was very well maintained,” Wroblewski said. The rodeo, which lasted through the Fourth of July, was said to be another success for Folsom.