Crowds will gather in the stands once again to watch 12 riders compete in seven rodeo events this weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 13-15, the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds will be host to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Circuit Finals Rodeo, referred to as RAM PRCA.
The seven rodeo events are: bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and barrel racing.
The audience will hear the familiar voices of Don Jesser and Kelly Kenney announcing the rodeo particulars.
“We are back with a bigger and better Circuit Finals Rodeo to present to the community,” said Johnny Zamrzla, committee chairman of the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo 2017. “This year, these champions will compete for a $176,000 purse. The competition is stiff between the best of the best contestants. We guarantee these three performances will be affordable, with our $10 off ticket codes, and good clean fun for the entire family. We look forward to seeing you at the rodeo!”
The rodeo festivities kick off on Friday, October 13, Patriot Day, where fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. The gates open at 5 p.m., and the rodeo will begin at 7 p.m.
The Saturday evening rodeo on October 14 will begin at 7 p.m., gates open at 8 a.m. for an all-day Craft Fair and 5 p.m. for the rodeo. Attendees are encouraged to get to their seats early Saturday night for a special Ride for the Pink opening event. Ride for the Pink is an organization dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research, awareness and treatment. Guests are asked to wear pink in honor of those who have lost their battle, who are survivors, who are currently fighting cancer and in support of finding the cure for breast cancer.
The rodeo on Sunday, October 15 is a matinee. The gates open at 8 a.m. for the Craft Fair and the rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. Gates for the rodeo open at 11 a.m. and seating for the 2 p.m. matinee rodeo only is unreserved festival seating (first come, first seated).
Rodeo patrons are encouraged to go early to the fairgrounds on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 to get a jump on their holiday shopping at the A.V. Fair Craft Fair. Admission is free and parking is $5 for the Craft Fair, which is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the H.W. Hunter Pavilion.
On both Friday and Saturday night, visitors can dance to the music of Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers (www.jacobnelson.com), who will perform at the Van Dam Barn Dance immediately after each rodeo in the Corona Cantina. And recently added to all three rodeos is the new Freestyle Motocross (FMX) Show finale after the bull riding event.
The AV Fairgrounds are located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. For more information, visit avfair.com.