Each performance of the California Rodeo Salinas is unique and celebrates a special cause. Be sure to dress the part according to the theme of the day and don’t miss any of the special events during the week.
Wednesday July 16th, is all country as bull riders take on the toughest sport on dirt. The Professional Bull Riding Touring Pro Division event will be the night to wear your tough western best. Polish your boots because you don’t want to miss two-time world champion bucking bull Bushwacker during the short round of the PBR.
Rabobank’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink night is Thursday July 17th. From cowboys to queens everyone will be dawning pink shirts to show their support for breast cancer research. A portion of proceeds from Thursday’s ticket sales will be donated to the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. Not only is Thursday a night of awareness, it is also a night of family fun. Kids will run their hearts out in the Stick Horse Race presented by Northridge Mall on the track with the preliminary race at 4:30pm and the finals being run during the Rodeo performance that night. Bring the kids to the autograph party after the rodeo to meet the newly crowned Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2014.
Friday July 18th is Wells Fargo’s Fight Hunger Night. Don’t miss the Central Coast’s favorite race, the Produce Mascot Race. Find out if Church Brother’s “Fresh Prince of Broc Air” will keep his championship title or if another mascot will take the win. Companies that are signed up to participate in 2014 are: Bengard Ranches, Chiquita Brands International, Church Brothers, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Ocean Mist Farms, Pacific International Marketing, Sakata Seeds, Tanimura & Antle, Taylor Farms and The Nunes Company. Each company pays an entry fee of $1000 that is donated directly to Ag Against Hunger. The entry fees along with a few other donations resulted in the California Rodeo Salinas donating a total sum of $10,550 to Ag Against Hunger in 2013.
Salute to Military Day brought is Saturday July 19th. All active military personnel receive free admission with current identification. Wear red, white and blue to support the Wrangler® National Patriot™ program. The program was created to provide funding and support for America's wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. The California Rodeo Salinas supports the WNPP and is honored to donate funds generated by the program to Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., a local charity doing great things to help Wounded Warriors and Veterans. Also on Saturday, Tanimura and Antle presents the Special Buckaroos Rodeo on the track at 12pm. Professional cowboys and cowgirls will team up with special needs children and participate in a "makeshift" rodeo where the children become cowboys and cowgirls for the day.
On Crown Royal Day of Champions, Sunday July 20th, the California Rodeo Salinas is painting the crowd purple for the Man Up Crusade. The Man Up Crusade is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating public awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Across the nation, the color purple and the purple ribbon has been adopted to show support for victims and for advocates to honor those who have lost their lives at the hands of someone they once loved. The Rodeo is partnering with the local YWCA to spread awareness and raise funds for this cause. The YWCA owns and operates the only confidentially-located battered women's shelter in Monterey County and is the only sole-source provider of domestic violence services in the County, including counseling for adults and children, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, victim advocate training, 24-hour crisis hotlines, and teen dating violence prevention programs.
To learn more about the 2014 California Rodeo Salinas or to purchase event tickets visit www.carodeo.com.