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Produce Mascots ready to race for a Cause Friday Night

California Rodeo and Ag Against Hunger partner for 3rd year

SALINAS, CA, July 15, 2013 –Miss California Rodeo Salinas Tracy Hinson was out and about in Salinas and on the Peninsula this weekend talking about the upcoming Big Week events and promoting the California Rodeo. One of the most unique events Tracy attended was the glean with Ag Against Hunger. She went out with a group of volunteers to harvest cauliflower in an Ocean Mist Farms field on Saturday morning; the produce was then trucked to a cooler and will make it to a food bank soon. Among the attendees were a few mascots who were there to promote another unique event that benefits Ag Against Hunger.

The Produce Mascot Race that will be held on Friday July 19th on the track during the 2nd performance of the California Rodeo Salinas which starts at 6:00pm. The race will feature ten mascots from local produce companies-not all in the shapes of vegetables-racing for bragging rights and a chance to defend their title the following year. The companies all became sponsors of the Rodeo and paid an entry fee to participate in the race-that fee is donated to Ag Against Hunger. Ag Against Hunger's mission is to alleviate hunger by creating a connection between the agricultural community and food assistance programs.  This is the 3rd year the race has been held and over $25,000 has been raised for Ag Against Hunger.

Participating companies are: Bengard Ranches, Chiquita Brands International, Church Brothers, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Ocean Mist, Pacific International Marketing, Tanimura & Antle, Taylor Farms and The Nunes Company. Don’t miss this entertaining race on Fight Hunger Night, presented by Wells Fargo. Information, ticket details and a full schedule can be found at www.carodeo.com.


About California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 18-21, 2013. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $350,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to www.CARodeo.com or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CARodeoSalinas or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.


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