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La Grange Rodeo — one of the oldest — returns this Sunday


Heads up! The La Grange Rodeo Association is back in the saddle again, and ready to host the 75th annual La Grange Rodeo on Sunday, April 3, in La Grange.

The traditional event is also the first rodeo of the season.

You’ll see bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping and calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

And kids, don’t forget the famous goat scramble!

La Grange Rodeo events start at 8 a.m.; be sure to get there before noon to see the Queen Ceremony, and 1 p.m. is the Grand Entry. It’s all at the La Grange Rodeo Arena, overlooking the Tuolumne River canyon, just east of town, at 30433 Yosemite Blvd.

Tickets for the La Grange Rodeo are $15 at the gate, $10 for kids 6-12, 5 and under are free. Pre-sale Rodeo Tickets are $12 and $8, available to purchase from all of our Queen and Junior Contestants, and also local Boot Barns, the La Grange Saloon and Conlin Supply.

Check on Facebook or the web, “” to see exciting live action photos from past events, ticket information as well as bios for the Rodeo Queen Contestants.

The La Grange Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a rodeo built on the heritage and traditions of our community. The earliest rodeo of the season, the La Grange Rodeo is also one of the oldest. In 1948 local ranchers organized the first one as part of the Centennial celebration for La Grange, a Gold Rush town turned cow town.

It all happens in La Grange, on Hwy 132, 25 miles west of Coulterville, 30 miles east of Modesto, and 30 miles north of Merced on Hwy J-59. Free parking and shuttle available.

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