Rodeo Time in BBQ Country

Late May in the Santa Maria Valley is not only barbecue season, but also “rodeo time.

Indeed, for the last 72 years, the Santa Maria Elks Club has hosted a series of professional and community rodeo events that offer four days of bone-crushing, action-packed thrills.

On this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Rodeo features the ever popular Wild Horse Race, barrel racing, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and more, all emceed by top professional rodeo announcers. The festivities include a wine bar and tasting tent, a western marketplace and “silver dollar digs” for kids.

Be sure to also catch the annual Elks Rodeo Parade on May 30 at 9 a.m. More than 200 entries will strut their stuff along South Broadway. It’s no coincidence that California’s barbecue country is home to such a magnificent rodeo tradition, as our local cowboys and ranchers have been a driving force behind Santa Maria Style Barbecue since its earliest days.