Children's & Youth Rodeo is a Big Event
This annual children's rodeo takes place each year on the Saturday preceding Mother's Day. What started out as a small local rodeo has now gained renown across the state. As the number of contestants has grown, so has the length of the rodeo, which now starts in the early morning and ends late in the evening. Nearly the entire town of Crane and most of the county's rodeo youth show up for this popular event.
Admission for spectators is free. Like most rodeos, contestants are charged a small entrance fee for each event they enter. Prizes are awarded to the winners of each event (often in the form of buckles, halters, rope bags, etc.).
While the entire rodeo is fun to watch, my favorite part usually takes place early in the day when the littlest kids compete. I love to see the three and four year olds barrel racing their stick horses!
The Opie ranch is just to the left as you enter the town of Crane (the next left after the entrance to Anderson Valley Supply). If you are unsure how to get there, you can pretty much follow either the line of cars to the rodeo or the sound from the loudspeakers. [more]